Aldrichimica Acta

Aldrichimica Acta Volume 47, No. 3
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Aldrichimica Acta 2016, Vol. 49, No. 3

Frédéric Bazille (1841–1870)
Young Woman with Peonies, 1870

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Frédéric Bazille painted Young Woman with Peonies (oil on canvas, 60 × 75 cm; at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC) and La Négresse aux pivoines (oil on canvas, 60.5 × 75.4 cm; at the Musée Fabre, Montpellier, France) in the summer of 1870, just a few short months before he died. The woman depicted in these two paintings appears to be the same, wearing the same headscarf and the same white dress, and one can only wonder about her relationship to Bazille. Was she a real person, perhaps a flower vendor on the same street where Bazille worked or lived, or was she a creation of Bazille based on some work by another artist? Perhaps a knowledgeable reader could shed some light on who she was.

Longtime readers of the Aldrichimica Acta may be familiar with Bazille’s work, as we have featured another of his fine compositions from 1867, The Ramparts at Aigues-Mortes, on the cover of an earlier issue. Check out the painting commentary in that issue (Volume 38, No. 2, 2005) to learn more about Bazille, his creativity, and his contribution to the early development of Impressionism.

Detail from Young Woman with Peonies. Photo courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

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