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I think that the difficulty about a woman's being an artist is not only that "the occupation runs counter to the usual expectations concerning women," but that
it is . . . contrary to the nature itself of woman . . . . As you say, "selfishness" is not
. . . descriptive in this connection . . . . One meets with unexpressible paradoxes,
in the search for a word. [7/1894]
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The works in this exhibition have been generously lent from a variety of sources. Anna Brewster’s family owned most of her works at her death, however the portraits she was commissioned to paint of Columbia College professors still hang at the College today. Shortly after her death, her husband William Tenney Brewster donated many of her works to Barnard College, and her oil sketches of New York City to the Museum of the City of New York. This is the first time that Brewster’s works have toured in her own country. We are most grateful to all those from whose collections we have borrowed for the show.
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Anna Richards Brewster, American Impressionist
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