Dimensions: image: 21 x 21 in. (53.3 x 53.3 cm)
sheet: 23 in. x 22 1/2 in. (58.4 x 57.2 cm)
mat: 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
Credit Line: Elisabeth Claire Lahti Fund Purchase
Label Text: Some artists create imaginary portraits that correspond to their personal impression of a person. Such works often emphasize the subject's symbolic significance. Famous for her beauty and occult powers, Marie Laveau was a Voodoo priestess who captivated New Orleans in the 1800s. Renée Stout evokes Laveau's mesmerizing presence through such details as the snake mysteriously emerging from her hair. As a way of personally identifying with the Voodoo queen, the artist uses her own likeness in portraying Laveau.
Object Number: 2010.32
Currently on view