Even on a small scale, Lee Lufkin Kaula always strove to put into practice the tenets of the Boston School painters, as demonstrated in Girl in a Garden. The piece reveals her eye for color harmony in the union of soft pink and green tones, an interest in rendering the way sunlight falls across the figure’s dress and hair and on the leaves and soil of her surroundings, and her hope to relay a feeling of domestic happiness, as many of the Boston School artists sought to do whether painting a figure posed in an interior or out of doors among Nature. Girl in a Garden was likely created at the Kaulas’ summer home in New Ipswich, New Hampshire, a place they first visited in 1916 before becoming permanent seasonal residents in 1919. Lee consistently incorporated flowers and plants cultivated from their impressive gardens at New Ipswich into her work; the grounds were lovingly designed and maintained, had a full-time gardener, and served as the site of tours for locals and parties held for friends and family over the next few decades.
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Bonnie Crane, The Crane Collection, Boston, Massachusetts
To private collection, Dayton, Ohio, 1986 to present