Maginel Wright Barney, American, (1877-1966), artist
Untitled (Catherine Tobin Wright and Children), c. 1905
Dimensions: 29-3/4 x 22-1/4 in. (framed)
Gift of Thomas L. and Mary B. Wright, 1976.07
Photographer: Philip Mrozinski
This sentimental portrait of Catherine Tobin Wright, her six children and a neighbor child depicts the Wright family in an outdoor garden setting. Maginel Wright Barney, younger sister of Frank Lloyd Wright, has portrayed the family in a loose idealized style where background scenery, likenesses and drapery are suggested rather than sharply detailed or delineated. This treatment is representative of the artist's work as a successful illustrator of children's books and popular magazines including The Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Home Companion and Woman's World.