Portrait of Linda Nochlin and Richard Pommer
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
On View: Lobby annex, 1st floor
Best known for his large-scale, realist nudes, Philip Pearlstein created this double portrait of feminist curator, critic, and art historian Linda Nochlin and her second husband, Richard Pommer, in honor of the couple’s wedding. Here, Pearlstein challenges the conventional image of marriage by placing Nochlin in the foreground, rather than next to her husband, and depicting the casual inattention of each sitter. Pearlstein’s critique of art historical conventions was appreciated by Nochlin, whose groundbreaking scholarship reshaped the discipline.
Nochlin had a lifelong relationship with the Brooklyn Museum, beginning with childhood visits and later with exhibitions she spearheaded for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Following Nochlin’s death, in 2017, her family gifted this painting to the collection.
Oil on canvas
Gift of the Estate of Linda Nochlin Pommer
1968, commissioned from the artist by Linda Nochlin Pommer; 2018, gift of the Estate of Linda Nochlin Pommer to the Brooklyn Museum.
Philip Pearlstein (American, 1924-2022). Portrait of Linda Nochlin and Richard Pommer, 1968. Oil on canvas, 72 × 60 in. (182.9 × 152.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Estate of Linda Nochlin Pommer, 2018.20.3. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , 2018.20.3_PS9.jpg)
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