Lilies, Lanterns and Sunshine

Helen Maria Turner1923/1923

Chrysler Museum of Art

Chrysler Museum of Art
Norfolk, United States

Sunlight floods the porch of Helen Turner’s cottage in the artists’ colony of Cragsmoor, New York. Dappled shadows compete with patterns on the porcelain, tablecloth, and dresses, testing the artist’s skill at painting from life. A neighbor’s daughter posed for both figures, wearing a different hairstyle and costume. Turner exhibited her paintings with other pioneering women artists, including the sculptor Harriet Frishmuth. Following a 1927 show of their work in Norfolk, Lillies, Lanterns and Sunshine was purchased and given to the Museum.



  • Title: Lilies, Lanterns and Sunshine
  • Creator: Helen Maria Turner
  • Creator Lifespan: 1858/1958
  • Creator Nationality: American
  • Creator Gender: Female
  • Creator Death Place: New Orleans, LA
  • Creator Birth Place: Louisville, KY
  • Date: 1923/1923
  • Location Created: United States
  • Provenance: W.B.S. Grandy, Norfolk, Virginia; Gift of W.B.S. Grandy to The Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences (turned the Chrysler Museum), 1927.
  • Physical Dimensions: 36 1/8 x 44 in. (91.8 x 111.8 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of W.B.S. Grandy
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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