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.)
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 2002.92
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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