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Portrait of Ruth St. Denis
  • Orval Hixon
    born: Ray County, Missouri, United States ; died: Lawrence, Kansas, United States
  • Portrait of Ruth St. Denis, 1918
  • Where object was made: United States
  • gelatin silver print
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 31.1 x 23.5 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 12 1/4 x 9 1/4 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Orval Hixon
  • Not on display
  • 1971.0248

Black-and-white, full-length portrait of a woman in three-quarters view. She is standing in front of a dark background and the lightsource highlights the front of her body. Her arms are raised above her head and bent back so that her hands are not visible. Her eyes are closed and there is a dark scarf covering her head. There is a large piece of chiffon wrapped around her arms and she is wearing a long, light-colored skirt. She is wearing a top that is cropped and decorated with beads, and several long, beaded necklaces.