America’s most promising and successful woman painter of the early twentieth century, with superb Post-Impressionist landscapes and portraits. Now all but forgotten.
Two young women painters left Stockholm to study in Paris in 1883. Good friends, their paths diverged, but their paintings were full of light – including a real gem.
More superb pastel paintings from Vigée Le Brun, Eva Gonzalès, Manet, Helleu, and Odilon Redon bring us to the 20th century.
The early history of pastel, from Robert Nanteuil, through the brilliant portraits of Rosalba Carriera, to Maurice Quentin de La Tour, and the hyperrealism of Liotard.
She mastered drypoint, aquatint, and monotype processes, combining them to produce superb prints – as well as wonderful pastel paintings.
The evolution of her painting in oils and pastels, and the start of her print-making – which was to become so important in her later work.
In the years to 1879, she became skilled in different media, including pastels, and her style transformed to Impressionism.
Are these beautiful paintings of women and children just eye-candy for middle-class Victorian women?
In her final years, she concentrated on her writing. But her painting continued to innovate, and she produced some of her finest work, shown here.
She started with sculptured solids which then broke into swirling fluids. Then she patterned and structured using brushstrokes. More marvellous paintings.