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A Girl Mending

Edmund C. Tarbell established himself as the leading Boston artist during his lifetime. As an art student in Paris, Tarbell was profoundly influenced not only by Impressionism but also by the seventeenth-century Dutch paintings he viewed in the city’s museums. He developed a painting style that fused Impressionism with the aura of Old Master painting; his work has, in fact, been dubbed “Vermeerian Impressionism,” a reference to Johannes Vermeer, the seventeenth-century painter from Delft. Like Vermeer, Tarbell is known for his quiet, domestic interiors, often featuring a woman engaged in an activity such as crocheting, reading, or,
as here, mending.

Edmund C. Tarbell
American, 1862–1938
A Girl Mending
1905
Oil on canvas
30 1/8 x 25 ¼ in. (76.5 x 64.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Morton and Marie Bradley Memorial Collection, 75.122