Ideal woman : Charles Dana Gibson’s girls


Jun 3 - Sep 19, 2023
Parlor gallery
Exhibition Hours
Monday – Friday | 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Open to the public
Free to attend

Ideal woman : Charles Dana Gibson's girls

NEW YORK, West Village, New York (April 19, 2023) – Salmagundi is excited to announce the opening of a new exhibition, Ideal Woman: Charles Dana Gibson’s Girls, which will run from June 3 to August 19, 2023. The exhibition will feature the works of renowned American illustrator Charles Dana Gibson, who was instrumental in shaping the image of the “Ideal Woman” during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Showcasing an extraordinary collection of Gibson’s original drawings, prints, and other artifacts, the exhibition will offer a unique insight into the artist’s creative process and the impact of his work on contemporary perceptions of beauty and femininity. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the evolution of the “Gibson Girl” – a term coined to describe the archetypal woman depicted in Gibson’s illustrations – as well as the societal influences and ideals that shaped her image.

The Ideal Woman: Charles Dana Gibson’s Girls exhibition will delve into the various aspects of the Gibson Girl, from her fashion and poise to her intellectual pursuits and athleticism. Through his art, Gibson captured the essence of a new generation of women, redefining the role of women in society and challenging traditional gender norms. The Gibson Girl represented a blend of beauty, intelligence, and independence, capturing the spirit of the progressive era and paving the way for the modern woman.

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, the Salmagundi will host a special event featuring expert talks, guided tours, and a reception with refreshments. This event will provide a deeper understanding of Gibson’s work, the cultural context of his time, and the enduring legacy of the “Ideal Woman” in art and society.

Salmagundi is proud to present “Ideal Woman: Charles Dana Gibson’s Girls” and invites art enthusiasts, historians, and anyone interested in the evolution of beauty and gender ideals to experience this exceptional exhibition.


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