Magazine illustration "Elegant lady and diplomats at formal ball." Done for decorative print titled The Cotillion.
Howard Chandler Christy first came to the public’s attention as a war/artist correspondent in the Spanish American War. One article in Scribner’s called, “The Soldier’s Girl,” featured his illustration of a girl who became known as the “Christy Girl” which brought him instant fame. From that time on, he specialized in painting beautiful women for many magazines. He also was an excellent portraitist and painted several famous murals, such as the decorative nudes on the walls of the Café des Artistes in New York City and “The Signing of the Constitution” which hangs in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D. C.
A cotillion is a patterned social dance that originated in France in the 18th century. In this painting by the same name, we see a line of splendid gentlemen waiting to ask a Christy Girl to dance. The rich, glistening quality of the women’s gowns and the light from the polished surfaces are expressed extremely well by Christy’s handling of this subject.
Printed in "Thirty Favorite Paintings by Leading American Artists." Copyright 1908 by P. F. Collier & Son.