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Eva Meurier in a Green Dress

Eva Meurier in a Green Dress

1891

Maurice Denis

(French, 1870-1943)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 72.7 x 56.5 x 6.4 cm (28 5/8 x 22 1/4 x 2 1/2 in.); Overall: 55 x 38 cm (21 5/8 x 14 15/16 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 2002.92

Description

This portrait of Denis's sister-in-law combines several modernist techniques: pointillism, in which tones are divided into small dots of pure color; Japonism, derived from the flat compositions of Japanese prints; and cloisonnism, the Symbolist method of surrounding forms with pronounced, decorative outlines. To convey the sitter's talent as a musician, Denis rendered her with fine, sinuous hands. The portrait was painted over an abandoned picture, parts of which remain visible around the edges.

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