The Breakfast Tray (c.1910). Elizabeth Okie Paxton (American, 1877-1971). Oil on canvas.
Paxton may have been satirizing the staid Boston School as she was not bound by it. In the painting, the ordinary black pumps that took their owner out into the world have been tossed aside, as has the newspaper that long represented the male domain of business and politics. Perhaps Paxton was so used to tapping into their power that she knew they were readily available to her again and did not need any special care.