Transparent and opaque watercolor heightened with gum glaze and graphite on paper
Image: 13 15/16 x 9 15/16 in.
Sheet: 13 15/16 x 9 15/16 in.
l.l. in graphite: 65
[removed] white printed label: A.P.F., Inc. \ Framemakers & Conservators \ 601 West 26th Street \ P. \ SHOWROOM \ A. \ 35 East 76th Street \ at the \ Carlyle Hotel \ New York City
[removed] white label: 830064 A. Carter Museum [typewritten] \ Bridges - Pink Cyclamen [typewritten]
[removed] white printed label: Berry-Hill Galleries, Inc. \ 743 Fifth Avenue • New York, N.Y. 10022 \ (212) 371-6777 \ [line] \ FB65 [typewritten] \ FIDELIA BRIDGES (1834-1923) [typewritten] \ Pink Cyclamens [underlined and typewritten] \ Watercolor, 14 x 10 inches [typewritten] \ Illustrated, full page (p.35) [typewritten] Fidelia Bridges [underlined and typewritten] \ New Britain Museum Catalogue [typewritten]
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas
In Bridges’s watercolor, a red clay pot anchors a band of green leaves, topped by delicate pink flowers that sway against an olive-green backdrop. Above and around the pot, traces of pencil underdrawing are evident, indicating that Bridges began with a sketch for a larger, more sprawling plant before arriving at this elegant arrangement.
A founding member of the American Watercolor Society, Bridges specialized in floral still-life paintings, creating works that combine disciplined naturalism with a sense of design informed by Japanese aesthetics. Spare, refined compositions like Pink Cyclamen drew praise from 19th-century audiences, with one critic exclaiming that “Bridges has, one might almost say, invented a branch of art entirely her own, revealing a highly poetic perception of nature and artistic feeling and knowledge.”
—Text taken from the Carter Handbook (2023).
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