The Bouquet of Violets

Eva Gonzalès French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 817

Gonzalès’s sister Jeanne, who was also an artist, probably posed for this scene. Women in the Impressionist circle frequently portrayed such glimpses of domestic life. In this work, an ensemble of pictorial elements stimulates the senses, including the silky, rustling gown and fragrant violets. The pearly gray and pink palette and the brisk handling of the pigments are similar to pastels made in the late 1870s by Gonzalès’s teacher, Edouard Manet.

The Bouquet of Violets, Eva Gonzalès (French, Paris 1847–1883 Paris), Pastel on wove paper

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