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Canceled—French Collection: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

  • Sunday, May 31, 2020
  • 4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
  • West Building, Main Floor - Rotunda
As if situated low on a hillside, we seem to look up at a light-skinned woman and boy standing in tall grass against a sunny blue sky in this vertical painting. The woman stands at the center of the composition, and the moss green parasol she holds over her head almost brushes the top edge of the canvas. Her body faces our left but she turns her head to look at us. Her long dress is painted largely with strokes of pale blue and gray with a few touches of yellow, but we read it as being white. Her voluminous skirts swirl around her legs to our left. She holds the parasol with both hands and her brown hair is covered with a hat. Long strokes of white paint across her face suggest a veil fluttering in the breeze. The tall grass she stands in is dotted with buttercup yellow and deep mauve, and she casts a long diagonal shadow along the grass towards us. The young boy seems to stand on the other side of the hill, since the grass and flowers comes up to his waist. He wears a white jacket and pale yellow straw hat. His arms are by his sides and he seems to look off into the distance to our left. A sunny blue sky behind the figures is dotted with bright blue clouds. The painting is created with loose brushstrokes throughout, but especially choppy brushstrokes in the sky and clouds suggest wind and movement. The artist signed and dated the painting in royal blue letters at the lower right: “Claude Monet 75.”

Claude Monet, Woman with a Parasol - Madame Monet and Her Son, 1875, oil on canvas, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 1983.1.29

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