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Portia’s fashionable hat, with its veil stretched tightly over her face and head, is in keeping with Du Bois’s tendency to reduce human forms to a few simplified shapes.
The sitter is dressed in a style that suggests high social standing.
Du Bois was an art critic as well as an artist. His paintings and writings were consistently in opposition to the Modernist movement of the early 20th century.
Sold by Newhouse Galleries in New York as part of the Newton Booth Tarkington estate 1952