Dido

Maker and role
Artist: Grace Hartigan, American, 1922-2008
Year
1960
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Object detail

Media/Materials
Oil on canvas
Measurements
82 x 91in (208.3 x 231.1cm)
Credit line
Gift of Jane and Arthur Stieren
Accession number
1988.3
Object type
Department
Further information
The title of this painting refers to a Greek legend in Virgil's Aeneid about a torrid love affair between Dido, the queen of Carthage, and Aeneas, the Trojan hero. The story ends with Dido's suicide over the lovers' forced separation. Because of what she was experiencing in a tumultuous romantic relationship with Dr. Winston Price, Hartigan explained that she identified strongly with Dido's emotional turmoil and portrayed her feelings on canvas. Despite their passion for one another, Hartigan believed they had no future together. However, they married in 1960, and Hartigan dedicated the painting to Price with an inscription "To W.P." under her signature
Documentation
Art Connections; Rosalind Ragans (b.1933, d.2018); 1998; 1998, 2005 ed.
Modern Art at the McNay: A Brief History and Pictorial Survey of the Collection; William J. Chiego; 2001; p. 204
Signature & date
Signed/dated, l.r.: Hartigan '60

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