Woman with Earring

Woman with Earring

c. 1850
Artist
Luis Garcia Hevia, Colombian, 1816-1887
Uncertain
Locale
Bogota, Colombia
Country
Colombia
painting, portrait
Gift of Dr. Belinda Straight
1984.718

Luis Garcia Hevia, Woman with an Earring. Bogotá, Colombia, about 1850. Oil paint on canvas. 31 1/2 x 24 1/2 in. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Dr. Belinda Straight; 1984.718.

Dimensions
height: 31.5 in, 80.0100 cm; width: 24.25 in, 61.5950 cm; frame height: 38 1/4 in, 97.1550 cm; frame width: 32 in, 81.2800 cm; frame depth: 1 3/4 in, 4.4450 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Collection
Latin American Art

While colonial portraits aimed to show the status of the sitter rather than a physical likeness, a focus on realism and individual identity emerged in the early 1800s with the independence movement in Latin America. This post-colonial artist painted a highly individualized portrait that captures the essence of this elderly woman. Although the prominent gold and pearl drop earring hints at her wealth, this stand-out element also contributes to the woman’s confident—almost defiant—attitude.
-- Julie Wilson Frick, 2017

Known Provenance
Gifted 27 December 1984 by Dr. Belinda Straight of Washington, DC, to the Denver Art Museum. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.