Fisherman's Little Sister
Alice Kent Stoddard ( American, 1884 - 1976 )
Probably painted on Monhegan Island, Maine, the vibrant colors and sketchy brushwork of this child’s portrait share the same vitality as the work of artists of the urban Ashcan school. Fisherman’s Little Sister was an early purchase for the Museum by popular subscription. Alice Kent Stoddard studied under William Merritt Chase, Thomas Eakins, and Thomas Pollock Anshutz at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and then at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women and led a successful career in Philadelphia and Maine as a landscape and portrait painter.
William Keyse Rudolph, DMA label copy (1917.4), November 2005.
During the First World War, Alice Kent Stoddard made drawings on the battlefields in France while serving with the Y.M.C.A. She applied her artistic skills again during WWII as an airplane designer.
Alice Kent Stoddard's first cousin is Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), an important American illustrator, graphic artist, and landscapist whose work is also represented in the Dallas Museum of Art.