Woman with Earring

Woman with Earring

c. 1850
Luis García Hevia, Colombian, 1816-1887
Bogota, Colombia
painting, portrait
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Gift of Dr. Belinda Straight

Luis García Hevia, Woman with Earring, about 1850. Oil paint on canvas; 31½ x 24¼ in. Gift of Dr. Belinda Straight, 1984.718.

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
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Latin American Art
This object is currently on view

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.