The Green Dress (1914). William McGregor Paxton (American, 1869-1941). Oil on canvasboard.
An elegant young woman in a green dress and green hat leans over a desk in a subtly lighted room. She stands with her back to the light source which illuminates her and the figurine on the desk before her. The rarefied, tasteful setting underscores the sense of restraint and elegance that typified Paxton’s style at this time. He masterfully captures moments of quiet and introspection.