Berthe Morisot (1841-1895)
Berthe Morisot (1841-1895)

Jeune fille à l'ombrelle

Berthe Morisot (1841-1895)
Jeune fille à l'ombrelle
stamped with signature 'Berthe Morisot' (Lugt 1826; lower left)
oil on canvas
23 ¾ x 22 1/8 in. (60.3 x 56.3 cm.)
Painted in 1893
Estate of the artist.
Julie Manet and Ernest Rouart, Paris (by descent from the above).
Alfred Schwabacher, New York; sale, Sotheby & Co., London, 4 July 1956, lot 7.
Dr. and Mrs. M.L. Slotover, London (1961).
Anon. sale, Sotheby & Co., London, 5 December 1973, lot 18.
Michael F. Drinkhouse, New York; sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., New York, 17 May 1978, lot 19.
Anon. sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet & Co., London, 1 July 1980, lot 19.
Acquired by the family of the present owner, circa 1980.
M. Angoulvent, Berthe Morisot, Paris, 1933, p. 147, no. 573.
M.-L. Bataille and G. Wildenstein, Berthe Morisot, Catalogue des peintures, pastels et aquarelles, Paris, 1961, p. 46, no. 342 (illustrated, fig. 334).
A. Clairet, D. Montalant and Y. Rouart, Berthe Morisot, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, London, 1997, p. 283, no. 346 (illustrated).
Geneva, Galerie Motte, Exposition Berthe Morisot, June 1951, no. 8 (titled Au Bois de Bologne).
Paris, Musée Jacquemart André, Berthe Morisot, spring 1961, no. 89.
Vevey, Musée Jenisch, Berthe Morisot, 1961, p. 11, no. 74.
London, Wildentstein & Co., Ltd., French Impressionists and Some of Their Contemporaries, April-May 1963, p. 20, no. 51.

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Lot Essay

The present work depicts Jeanne Fourmanoir in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris. A professional model for fellow Impressionist painters Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Federico Zandomeneghi, Jeanne was introduced to Berthe Morisot by Zandomeneghi in 1892. This thoughtful painting was executed the subsequent year, with Morisot working beside her daughter Julie Manet, who would later own this work. Morisot's preliminary watercolor for the present oil has resided in the British Museum in London for nearly a century, where it is housed beside Julie Manet's watercolor of the same subject.

(fig. 1) Berthe Morisot, Jeune fille au bois, circa 1893. The British Museum, London.

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