Who Is Lilla Cabot Perry?
Lilla Cabot Perry (1848 – 1933), an American artist and writer, is best known as an Impressionist painter, but she also published four volumes of original poetry and a translation of classical Greek verse. According to National Museum of Women in the Arts,
“Although she had no formal art training until age 36, Lilla Cabot Perry became a professional painter and a devotee of French Impressionism with a formidable body of work. Perry developed a solid reputation during her lifetime as a painter and a poet, helping to promote Impressionism in the U.S. and Japan.” (nmwa.org)
In 1889, at the age of forty-one, Lilla Cabot Perry “saw her first Impressionist painting” which happened to be by Claude Monet. Thereafter, Perry sought Monet’s counsel at every opportunity, and he became her mentor. In fact, “for nine summers the Perrys rented a house at Giverny, near Monet’s, and although he never took pupils, he often advised Perry on her art.” (nmwa.org)
In 1897, Lilla Cabot Perry’s husband became an English professor at the Keiogijku University in Japan, and the family lived in Japan between 1898 and 1901. Lilla was active in the Japanese art community, and her exposure to Japanese art allowed her to develop a unique style that brought together western and eastern aesthetic traditions.
“This experience gave Perry a rare opportunity to study the sources of Impressionism—notably Japanese fabrics and prints—in depth. There, she produced some 80 paintings; she continued to be prolific throughout her life.” (nmwa.org)
What Japanese influences
can be found in ‘The Blue Kimono’?
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- Lilla Cabot Perry
- 1848 – 1933
- THE BLUE KIMONO
- signed Lilla Cabot Perry and dated -1915- (lower left)
- oil on canvas
- 34 by 25 1/2 inches, (86.4 by 64.8 cm)
- Source: Sotheby’s
- Link: http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2017/american-art-n09635/lot.65.html
National Museum of Women in the Arts, “Lilla Cabot Perry”, https://nmwa.org/explore/artist-profiles/lilla-cabot-perry, (accessed 30 Dec 2018).
Boston Athenaeum, “Lilla Cabot Perry, Sept. 2012, https://www.bostonathenaeum.org/library/book-recommendations/athenaeum-authors/lilla-cabot-perry , (accessed 1 Jan 2019).
Wikipedia contributors, “Lilla Cabot Perry,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Lilla_Cabot_Perry&oldid=873333928 (accessed December 31, 2018).
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