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
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Maurice Denis painted this early in his career, when he was only 21.
Denis echoed the pose of Marthe Meurier in The Minuet of Princess Maleine (on view nearby) for his portrait of her sister, Éva. Like Marthe, Éva was a talented pianist. Although she is not depicted with the instrument, her elegant hands may be a reference to her skill at the keyboard. Close observers will note that her portrait was painted over another composition, traces of which are visible around the edges of the canvas.
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