Arts Everyday Living: The Bonds of Family Through Artists’ Eyes–Portraits of Sisters



The Sisters, Abbott Handerson Thayer, 1884, oil on canvas, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY


Both American master Abbott Handerson Thayer (1849-1921) and Finnish artist Albert Edelfelt (1854-1905) painted the subject of siblings in the same year of 1884.  The Sisters above by Thayer have been identified as Bessie (in front) and Clara Stillman (behind)  in one of his most acclaimed portraits, while below Edelfelt enables the viewer to meet his younger sister Berta close-up.


Albert Edelfelt, Portrait of the Artist’s Sister, Berta, 1884, Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

, , , ,