Dec 5, 2014
Aug 10, 2009

Portrait of a Woman

Portrait of a Woman

c. 1889–1899

Pastel

Support: Blue wove paper

Sheet: 68.9 x 50.2 cm (27 1/8 x 19 3/4 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2009.136

Location

Description

Béranger is known as an academic painter of genre subjects. This pastel study of a young woman with downcast eyes conveys a sense of vitality and immediacy lacking in his more highly finished works in oil. While the graceful features of her face are articulated with tender detail, the flowers adorning her hair are summarily indicated with a handful of rapid strokes, and her bodice is barely suggested.

See also
Collection: 
DR - French
Department: 
Drawings
Type of artwork: 
Drawing
Medium: 
Pastel

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