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
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Maurice Denis painted this early in his career, when he was only 21.
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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