Last weekend Mike and I did a mini-vacation to Baltimore to see some museums we have had on our list for a while. We stayed two nights in a hotel downtown so we could really pack in the exhibits instead of driving back and forth from home. Our first stop was the Baltimore Museum of Art. They have a nice collection, especially for a regional museum, and the exhibit design is excellent.
I noticed a number of pieces on display by women artists. This is a portrait by Marguerite Gerard, dated to the 1810s. I love the details: the patterned floor, the man’s watch fob, the woman’s multi-strand coral bracelet, the carved chair. Although the woman’s pose is pretty formal, there is a sense of movement conveyed by the dog’s upturned head and the man’s in-progress step. Gerard was a student of Jean-Honore Fragonard’s.