Pierre Puvis de Chavannes French

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Puvis’s dealer exhibited this painting in 1887 with the title Tamaris, the French word for the tamarisk plant. Pink-blossoming shrubs around the woman reinforce her identity as a personification of the tamarisk, which is common to France’s southern coast. Her voluptuous pose was likely inspired by an ancient Greek sculpture.

Tamaris, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (French, Lyons 1824–1898 Paris), Oil on canvas

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