stepping woman in black wearing a large hat, holding her skirt and a long closed umbrella in her PR hand; PL arm out; pink face

Woman with an Umbrella, 1895

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Gift of Edith and Norman Garmezyexpand_more  2000.283.2

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Early in his career Pierre Bonnard made Woman with an Umbrella for the literary and art journal La Revue blanche. The model was Marthe de Méligny, a timid florist's assistant whom the artist met late in 1893 and who soon became his muse. Contemporaries described her as having "a skipping step on heels as high and thin as a bird's feet." Here Bonnard successfully captures Marthe's delicate figure and distinctive posture while effectively presenting a modern Parisian woman.

Details
Title
Woman with an Umbrella
Artist Life
1867–1947
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2000.283.2
Provenance
(Judith L. Pillsbury Fine Arts, Paris, sold to Garmezy, 1986); Edith and Norman Garmezy, Edina, Minn., 1986-2000; given to MIA.
Catalogue Raisonne
Bouvet 33; Roger-Marx 35
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stepping woman in black wearing a large hat, holding her skirt and a long closed umbrella in her PR hand; PL arm out; pink face