102.3 cm x 77 cm (40 1/4 in. x 30 1/4 in.)
George Benjamin Luks
(Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 1867 - 1933, New York City)
North America, American
Medium and Support:
Oil on canvas
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Mari and James A. Michener, 1991
In George Luks’ portrait of Elsie Dore, the sitter’s eyes meet the viewer’s with an unsettling intensity. The plunging neckline of Dore’s dress appears to sever her into upper and lower halves. The nakedness of her chest and neck, her rigid arms and torso, the aggressive stare from beneath a hard brow—all combine to create a portrait of a woman whose mood seems to possess her entire body.