Portrait painter Ellen Emmet Rand's 'Business of Bodies' at UConn
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Portrait painter Ellen Emmet Rand’s ‘Business of Bodies’ at UConn

When Ellen Emmet Rand painted Jean Sargent in 1938, Sargent was apparently so irritable that she only sat for one day. The painting was finished with a body double. (Courtesy William Benton Museum of Art) Ellen Emmet Rand (1875-1941) was ahead of her time. She started a career in illustration when she was a teenager, then went to Paris to study. Upon returning, she married and got work as a portrait painter. She spent weekdays in New York as the breadwinner to support her mother, sisters, sons and her husband, who stayed in Salisbury living an easy country life. In her lifetime, she painted 800 portraits. An exhibit of portraits by Rand is at Benton Museum in Storrs. The museum has 41 Rand works in its collection, a gift from the painter’s three sons. The Dodd Center on campus also owns a large collection of Rand’s papers, donated by her granddaughter. Connecticut is rich with art galleries, museums and artists. This Art Smart gallery is the place to go to see what’s out there. Click through for exhibits in the state. (Susan Dunne, The Hartford Courant) The exhibit is called “The Business of Bodies” to emphasize both Rand’s artistry […]

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