Friday, October 4, 2013

A few portraits by American artist Alice Pike Barney 1857-1931


The privileged daughter of a whiskey distiller & opera lover, young Alice Pike became engaged to the explorer Henry Morton Stanley. Her mother considered the match unsuitable due to the age difference – she was 17, he 33 – & insisted that they wait to marry. While he was away on a 2-year expedition in Africa, she instead married Albert Clifford Barney, son of a wealthy manufacturer of railway cars in Dayton, Ohio. She studied art in Paris with Carolus-Duran & Claudio Catelucho. She also briefly studied at James Abbott McNeill Whistler's academie. She befriended fellow artists Lucien Levy-Dhurmer, John White Alexander, & Edmond Aman-Jean & adopted a Symbolist influence. She converted to the Bahá'í Faith around 1900, shortly before her husband's death in 1902. In 1911, the 53-year-old Washington D C society widow married 23-year-old Christian Hemmick drawing worldwide press attention. They were divorced by 1920.


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Woman and Peacock


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Laura Attentive 1912


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Woman with a Red Hood


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Japanese Lullaby 1903


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Mrs Patrick Campbell 1898


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Dreambook


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Waterlily or Ophelia 1909


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Evalina Cortland Palmer 1911


And a few self-portraits...


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Self Portrait


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Self Portrait


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Self Portrait


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Self Portrait


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Self Portrait


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Self Portrait


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Self Portrait with Hat and Veil


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