Alice Kent Stoddard, Contemplation

Oil on canvas
Credit Line
Bequest of Dorothy J. del Bueno, 2020
16 x 24 in.

Stoddard was well known among prominent Philadelphians, many of whom commissioned her to paint portraits of their families. She painted her own family members as well. Here she masterfully conveys the intimacy of family life, capturing her mother and sister, Virginia, in the sitting room of their home on Crefeld Street in Chestnut Hill. Domestic interiors and depictions of women and children were the frequent subjects of women artists.

In Contemplation, Virginia sits in an antique nursing chair and pauses while knitting, seemingly lost in thought. Across the room, Stoddard’s mother focuses on a game of solitaire. The large space between them suggests their separate psychological spaces and their respective moments of quiet inwardness.

Stories Trigger
Blank field used to trigger form on artwork and artist pages. DO NOT EDIT



We invite you to share your ideas, knowledge, and stories as they relate to the art in our collection. Read what people had to say about this art or use the form below and write to us yourself.

Invalid Input
Invalid Input on Email
Invalid Input on Phone
Invalid Input
Invalid Input