Meditation of the Holy Virgin, (1889) by Sarah Paxton Ball Dodson
Sarah Paxton Ball Dodson (American, 1847-1906)
Sarah Paxton Ball Dodson, an American artist, gained prominence as one of the foremost American female artists in Paris during the 1880s. Her artwork was showcased at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893.
Dodson's artistic pursuits were diverse, spanning from the semi-classical French style evident in her earlier piece "La Danse," to embracing the techniques of the Italian Renaissance. She later delved into realistic portraiture, creating notable works like "The Signing of the Declaration of Independence" in 1883.
In her later works, Dodson skillfully blended elements of realism and idealism, drawing inspiration from nature and poetry. Her talent and contributions to the art world earned her recognition as one of the leading American women artists of the late 19th century. Among her impressive repertoire, "L'Amour Menetrier," characterized by a French Rococo influence, drew comparisons to Titian's masterpiece "Bacchus and Ariadne," completed in 1523.