Eustis Estate

Gertrude Fiske

Painters trained at the Boston Museum School were well known for their figural studies – most often for their portrayals of upper-class women in domestic settings. Gertrude Fiske attained the technical virtuosity of many of her contemporaries, but her studies included male models as well as female ones. In these examples you can see how she used a single model to evoke strikingly different moods.

Left: Man Whittling, c. 1935, Historic New England. Center: Man in Red, c. 1935, Private Collection. Right: The Scholar, c. 1935, Historic New England.