May 20, 2014
May 20, 2014

Mary Holland Bacher

Mary Holland Bacher


Otto H. Bacher

(American, 1856–1909)

Oil on canvas

Unframed: 90.6 x 57.4 cm (35 11/16 x 22 5/8 in.)

Gift of Will Low Bacher 1966.388



Bacher was the first artist from Cleveland to achieve international renown, and this portrait of his wife exemplifies the Impressionist style he adopted after studying in Paris during the late 1880s. The painting’s unusual subject testifies to the emergence of tennis as one of the few sports of the era in which women could participate without being considered inappropriately masculine or uncouth.

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