Roanoke native Antoinette Hale paints scenes derived from her personal experiences and observations of Southwestern Virginia life. Primarily focusing on the human figure, she cannotes it to "seeing the person come to life in front of me." Using photographs taken by herself or occasionally from published sources, she draws grids on the original photograph and transcribes the grid to a canvas, square by square. At some point in this process, Hale begins to disengage from the photographic model, subtly distorting her subjects for compositional unity and psychological effect. The Curtsey documents a coming-of-rite known as the Debutante Ball, an annual cotillion held since 1952.
E. Antoinette Hale (American, Contemporary)
Is Part Of
Taubman Museum of Art
painting (visual works)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. University Libraries
Taubman Museum of Art (Repository)
Gift of E. Antoinette Hale
E. Antoinette Hale (American, Contemporary), “Curtsey,” Southwest Virginia Digital Library, accessed January 19, 2020, http://di.lib.vt.edu/items/show/954.