Artist NameHilda Belcher (Pittsford, VT 1881 - 1963 Orange, NJ)
TitleThe Checkered Dress (Portrait of O'Keeffe)
Date of Artwork1907
MediumWatercolor and gouache on cream laid paper, with JW watermark, mounted on paperboard
SizeBequest of Mary S. Bedell, class of 1873, 1932.1.5, Loeb Art Center, Vassar College.

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In 1907 American illustrator, cartoonist, and painter Hilda Belcher rendered this Gibson Girl-like figure, showing that the artist was well aware of the college-educated, ambitious, young single New Woman of the era. Belcher showed the drawing at the New York Water Color Club to much acclaim, and it won her membership into the club. To compose the work, she used her memory of the pose and dress of a Mrs. Hagan, the face was that of her friend Georgia O'Keeffe, and she imagined the hair and setting. Belcher trained at the New York School of Art with American Impressionist William Merritt Chase and realist Robert Henri.