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Portrait #1825
Subject/Title:
Battle, Valerie Elizabeth
Artist:Stock, Armin
Date Created:1963
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:31" h x 26" w
Image Dimensions:26 3/4" h x 21 1/2" w
Materials/Media:Oil on Canvas
Date Documented:13 April 2010
Condition:Excellent

Description: Five-year-old girl in pink dress with hands in lap holding a pink and a yellow flower. Her dress has short, puffed, capped sleeves, and the sleeves that neck are trimmed in white. She is seated facing three-quarters left with her head turned to look directly at the viewer through bright blue eyes. Her hair is dark brown, cut short, and she has a fringe of straight bangs across her forehead.
History of Work:Armin Stock lived in St. Louis, Missouri. He painted portraits of many Nashvillians. He drove to the customer's home in 1963 and took many photographs. The finished portrait was delivered in 1965.
Notes: The dress worn by the girl in the portrait featured a bodice covered with tiny rows of lace. Mr. Stock didn't think he could properly reproduce this detail in oil, so asked if it was alright to make the bodice solid like the dress' skirt. Torrential rains were falling the day he arrived to take photographs. The customer's garage was opened and he parked there so he wouldn't ruin his photography equipment.

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