During the summer of 1884, Berthe Morisot worked on a series of paintings that focused on the motif of figures posed naturalistically in a garden setting. The present painting is related to Dans le jardin de Maurecourt (Bataille and Wildenstein, no. 154; coll. Toledo Museum of Art) in which she depicted her older sister, Edma Morisot Pontillon, and her niece, Edma Pontillon, seated on the lawn at their home in the hamlet of Maurecourt, in the Vexin valley. Morisot had spent several summers with them there and often used them as models, yet she did not intend her pictures to be understood as portraits. Instead, she sought to capture the essence of modern life in more general and objective terms. To emphasize this point she gave her works simple descriptive titles, intentionally devoid of personal and narrative references. In the present painting, the figure of Edma is posed with her face in profile, wearing a fashionable hat. There also exists a second painting showing Edma in profile, painted this same summer (Bataille and Wildenstein, no. 155; coll. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.).