This oil painting on canvas was by the American painter Rutledge Bate (1891-1964), who studied at the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston and at the Art Students League in New York City. Bate was also known for his teaching at Pratt Institute and the Vesper George School in Boston.
And like many American painters before him, such as John Singer Sargent, Bate traveled and studied abroad in Europe. His oeuvre included portraiture, still-life, and landscape paintings. This particular portrait portrays a pensive, ethereal woman, who emerges, ghostly and elegant, from the dark, staring wistfully beyond the canvas.
The painting is presented in its original gilt wood frame. It is signed and dated at the lower right.