Gladys (1915). Abbott H. Thayer (American, 1849-1921). Oil on canvas. Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis.
Gladys, Thayer’s daughter, is shown from the chest up with her head turned to face the viewer. Her skin is a greenish yellow except on her cheeks, which are a rosy pink. Across the top of her left check bone a stroke of white indicates light bouncing off her face. Her eyes are very round, almost unrealistically. The high detail of the woman’s face is in contrast with the rough strokes and detail of her body, hair, and background making her face the focal point of the piece.