Elizabeth Threatt with artwork wearing a pale lilac linen dress by Hattie Carnegie, photo by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, for Harper’s Bazaar (1951).
Threatt, the daughter of an English father and a Cherokee mother, had a successful modeling career. In 1952, director Howard Hawks saw her photograph and cast her as the Blackfoot princess Teal Eye in his acclaimed frontier film The Big Sky (1952). Although she was a notable part of this successful film, Threatt left the picture business and never acted again.
Pierrette (exh.1878). Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta (Spanish, 1841-1920). Oil on canvas.
Pierrette is extremely characteristic of Madrazo’s female portraits; a reminiscent pose, soft, elegant tones, and an overall mastery of colour evident in his treatment of fabrics. A suggestion of Rococo and Japanese art in Madrazo’s oeuvre articulates the bourgeois ideal; the desired vision of a sophisticated, opulent, lifestyle perfectly embodied in this magnificiently painted Parisian elegante.