Louis Anquetin: Jeune Femme à l’ombrelle (1891)

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Louis Anquetin (1861-1932), Jeune Femme à l’ombrelle, (1891), signed and dated ‘Anquetin 91’ (lower right), pastel and charcoal on paper laid down on card, 23 ¾ x 20 ½ in. (60.3 x 52 cm.), Source: Christie’s, Link: https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/drawings-watercolors/louis-anquetin-jeune-femme-a-lombrelle-6185987-details.aspx?from=salesummery&intobjectid=6185987&sid=a05d67bf-2f34-49bc-875f-9be3a7fd1a6f

Anquetin drew Jeune femme à l’ombrelle during this landmark period in the development of Post-Impressionist modernism. This pastel may have been done in preparation for an oil painting executed in the same year. The artist’s subject is a stylish modern woman of the petit boulevard, taking an evening stroll. Anquetin composed this scene using a series of curved, circular and arching outlines, by which he described the forms of the ladies’ umbrellas, the carriage wheels, the bust and profile of the young woman and even the contour of the sidewalk. Clearly circumscribed and flat zones of colour comprise the overall nocturnal tonality of the picture, against which the artist has spotlighted smaller areas of more detailed treatment, as in the woman’s hat, the decoration on the front of her dress, her hands, and the umbrella handle.


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