Barney, Alice Pike

United States, (1857-1931)

  • Alice Pike Barney - Circe
  • Circe

  • (ndg.), pastel on canvas
  • 30.1 x 24.9 in. (76.4 x 63.1 cm.)
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum

About the Artist

Alice Pike Barney (1857-1931) was a US artist, writer, playwright, theater director, philanthropist, civic leader, and patron of the arts.

Barney (also known as: Alice Pike, Mrs. Alice Pike Barney, Alice Barney) zestfully committed herself to the arts. In her lifetime she represented a new social type: women who lived proper upper-class lives but did not follow the rules, using their wealth and privilege to buy themselves freedoms and to promote causes the rich did not customarily embrace. [DES-01/11]

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