Wellfleet, MA
Oil on canvas
23 3/4 x 28 3/4 in. (60.3 x 73 cm)
Signed lower left: "E W Dickinson
Titled bottom center: HELEN"
Dated on right: "1941"
Inscribed lower right: "Wellfleet"
Photo: Harlee Little


Painted in Wellfleet, MA, February 23, 24, 25, March 1, 21 (journal). The French frame which was used as format for this portrait was also used for "Constant" in the same year and "Self-Portrait in Uniform" in 1942. Painted pansies at lower right refer to Helen's childhood nickname "Pansy." Helen is posed nude and reflected in a mirror with drapery over the top.


The Artist (until approximately 1952)
Dr. and Mrs. Alexander Halperin
Ms. Susan Halperin
Steven Platzman, Addison Fine Arts, California, with Babcock Galleries
Private Collection, California, 2003 to 2020
Fine Arts Museums of California, Gift of George and Marie Hecksher, 2020

Exhibition History

1941 Passedoit Gallery: Paintings, Edwin Dickinson
1942 Stuart School: Paintings and Drawings by Edwin Dickinson
1965 Whitney: Edwin Dickinson. Major retrospective

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