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Girl Reading

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In a 1921 letter to MFA director Arthur Fairbanks, Tarbell wrote of Girl Reading: “I think it the best single figure I ever painted.”[1]Executed in 1909, the work illustrates Tarbell’s return to a figural style reminiscent of his early art training in both Boston and Paris, and serves as a...

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Inscription

Lower right: Tarbell

Provenance

1909, sold by the artist to the MFA for $4,500. (Accession Date: March 18, 1909)

Credit Line

The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund

1909

Dimensions

81.91 x 72.39 cm (32 1/4 x 28 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

09.209

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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