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The Picnic

Marius de Zayas, 1880 - 1961
Katharine Nash Rhoades, 30 Nov 1885 - 26 Oct 1965
Agnes Elizabeth Ernst Meyer, 1887 - 1970
Emmeline Stieglitz
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
Watercolor, ink and graphite on paper
Sheet: 55.9 x 78.1cm (22 x 30 3/4")
Frame: 78.1 x 100.2 x 2.2cm (30 3/4 x 39 7/16 x 7/8")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; bequest of Katharine Graham
Object number
Paul Burty Haviland: European\French
Exhibition Label
Mexican-born artist Marius de Zayas was closely associated with the avant-garde circle of photographers, painters, and writers surrounding Alfred Stieglitz. In this 1912 drawing, he captured the high-spirited, playful side of his companions careening precariously downhill on a hay wagon. De Zayas probably made the watercolor at Seven Springs, a farm near Mount Kisco, New York, owned by patrons Agnes and Eugene Meyer. In addition to the young artist Katharine Rhoades in the driver's seat, Agnes directly behind, and Eugene in the rear, the figures include Stieglitz, his wife, some critics, artist John Marin, photographer Paul Haviland, and de Zayas himself (in a cap). Despite the vivid colors and lively tangle of geometric forms, the scene has unsettling aspects, as some of the subjects clutch the wagon in grim terror. De Zayas suggests both the zestful camaraderie and the tensions that the group shared.
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National Portrait Gallery
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