Miniature portraits

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An Art Student of Paris, 1899 - Martha S. Baker (American, 1871-1911) - Cleveland Museum of Art Portraits, Vintage, Retro, Art, Inspiration, Portrait, Cleveland Museum Of Art, Artist, Best Portraits

The sitter’s identity is unknown, but she was likely a student of Martha Baker, who was living and teaching in Paris in 1899. Demand for Baker’s portrait miniatures was so great that she resigned from teaching to keep up with commissions. The artist’s obituary in the New York Times stated that she was “the world’s foremost miniature painter.” In this example, the sitter’s shoulders seem to fade into the pale background, emphasizing the similarity between her skin and the material upon which…

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