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The Picnic

The Picnic
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Artist
Marius de Zayas, 1880 - 1961
Sitter
Katharine Nash Rhoades, 30 Nov 1885 - 26 Oct 1965
Agnes Elizabeth Ernst Meyer, 02 Jan 1887 - 01 Sep 1970
Emmeline Obermeyer Stieglitz, 1873 - 1953
John B. Kerfoot, 1865 - 1927
Alfred Stieglitz, 1 Jan 1864 - 13 Jul 1946
Marius de Zayas, 1880 - 1961
John Marin, 23 Dec 1870 - 2 Oct 1953
Paul Burty Haviland, 1880 - 1950
Eugene Isaac Meyer, 31 Oct 1875 - 17 Jul 1959
Date
1912
Type
Drawing
Medium
Watercolor, ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Sheet: 55.9 × 78.1 cm (22 × 30 3/4")
Frame (Verified): 79.8 × 104 × 2 cm (31 7/16 × 40 15/16 × 13/16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; bequest of Katharine Graham
Restrictions & Rights
© Estate of Marius De Zayas
Object number
NPG.2001.95
Exhibition Label
Mexican-born artist Marius de Zayas was closely associated with the avant-garde circle surrounding Alfred Stieglitz, the photographer and founder of 291, one of New York City’s most important galleries. In this 1912 drawing, de Zayas shows his compan ions careening precariously downhill on a hay wagon. He probably made the watercolor at Seven Springs, a farm near Mount Kisco, New York, owned by patrons Agnes Ernst Meyer and Eugene Meyer. In addition to the artist Katharine Rhoades in the driver’s seat, Agnes directly behind, and Eugene in the rear, the figures include Stieglitz, his wife Emmeline, painter John Marin, photographer Paul Haviland, and de Zayas himself (in a cap). The vivid colors and lively tangle of geometric forms convey the group’s high-spirited, playful side. But unset tling aspects of the scene hint at tensions within the group. Judging from a few nervous gestures and expressions, not everyone is enjoying this out-of control ride.
El artista de origen mexicano Marius de Zayas estuvo muy asociado con el círculo vanguardista de Alfred Stieglitz, fotógrafo y fundador de la galería 291, una de las más importantes de la ciudad de Nueva York. En este dibujo de 1912, De Zayas coloca a sus compañeros en una precaria carreta que se precipita cuesta abajo. Es probable que realizara la acuarela en Seven Springs, una granja cerca de Mount Kisco, Nueva York, propiedad de los mecenas Agnes Ernst Meyer y Eugene Meyer. Además de la artista Katharine Rhoades, quien lleva las riendas con Agnes detrás de ella y Eugene en la retaguardia, vemos a Stieglitz, su esposa Emmeline, el pintor John Marin, el fotógrafo Paul Haviland y De Zayas (con gorra). Los colores vivos y la animada combinación de formas geométricas comunican el espíritu lúdico y jovial del grupo. No obstante, se reflejan tensiones internas. A juzgar por ciertos gestos y expresiones nerviosas, no todos se divierten en este trayecto desbocado.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
Portraits of the World: Denmark
On View
NPG, North Gallery 230a
Usage
Not determined