Art favorites: Louisa Fletcher

The image of Louisa Fletcher is arresting. With a shadow behind her, she looks almost like a real three-dimensional person. She exudes an air of confidence that only the wealthy elites can carry off. (Louisa was the great-granddaughter of Calvin Fletcher, a giant in early Indianapolis.) This painting was made shortly after her divorce to author and playwright Booth Tarkington, a fixture in late 19th/early 20th century Indianapolis.

Louisa Fletcher
Mary Shepard Greene Blumenschein
American, 1869-1958
Indianapolis Museum of Art