The Blue Mandarin Coat (The Blue Kimono)

Joseph DeCamp1922/1922

High Museum of Art

High Museum of Art
Atlanta, GA, United States

The Blue Mandarin Coat is the last known work by Joseph Rodefer DeCamp. Originally from Cincinnati, DeCamp became an influential teacher in Boston and one of the most sought after portraitists in New England. This work is distinctive and might well have signaled a new direction for DeCamp’s art had he lived longer. The anonymous model possesses the regal bearing typical of the artist’s formal portraits of men, and her assertive pose contradicts contemporary models of femininity. The brilliant light radiating from within the model recalls the style of Rembrandt’s late portraits, and her luminous eyes, cast in a backward glance, appear to convey DeCamp’s own mood of retrospection.


  • Title: The Blue Mandarin Coat (The Blue Kimono)
  • Creator: Joseph Rodefer DeCamp
  • Creator Lifespan: 1858/1858
  • Creator Nationality: American
  • Creator Gender: M
  • Date: 1922/1922
  • Provenance: High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Purchase with bequest of William Gordy, funds from Alfred Austell Thornton in memory of Leila Austell Thornton and Albert Edward Thornton, Sr., and Sarah Miller Venable and William Hoyt Venable, the Fine Art Collectors with leadership gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Terry Stent, Mrs. Austin P. Kelley, and Mr. and Mrs. Allen P. McDaniel, Fay and Barrett Howell Fund, and through prior acquisitions from Mr. Raphael Esmerian, Mr. and Mrs. Francis L. Abreu, Friends of Art, Mrs. Carl Whiting Bishop, Mr. and Mrs. William Frey, Mrs. William Bailey Lamar, the Henry W. Ranger Fund, Bequest of Mrs. Hunt Chipley, Dr. Robert P. Coggins, Mrs. B. King Couper, Anna Hyatt Huntington, the Goldthwaite Estate, Mrs. J. M. High, Mrs. Clarence Blosser, Judge and Mrs. Marvin Underwood, the Rotary Club of Hitoyoshi, Mrs. Leonora S. Raines, Westminster School, Mr. W. C. Hill, Miss Rosalie Howell, and D. Wigmore Fine Art, Vose Galleries, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred D. Bentley, Sr. to mark the retirement of Gudmund Vigtel
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: Photo © 2015 High Museum of Art
  • External Link: High Museum of Art: www.high.org
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 43 x 37 1/4 inches

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