- Using her posture and eye contact to draw the viewer into the painting, Louisa Fletcher models confidently in a glamorous empire-cut gown for her friend, the artist Mary Blumenschein.
- The deftly rendered textures, subtle color gradations, and strong sense of personality reflect Blumenschein's skill as a portraitist.
- Indianapolis-born Fletcher was recently divorced from the well-known author Booth Tarkington when she posed for this portriat. The former couple had befriended Blumenschein and her husband Ernest, also an artist, while living in Paris.
Estate of Louisa Fletcher Connely [1878-1957], Providence, Rhode Island; purchased by Robert A. Hart, Barrington, Rhode Island in 1957; by descent to Paul Darling in 1989; purchased by (Spanierman Gallery, New York, New York) in 1995; purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1996.