Lady with a Parasol, 1886

Lady with a Parasol, 1886
Inventory
Collection Number: 
17164
Building: 
Current Location: 
Missouri Valley Room
Floor: 
5th
Object Description
Artist: 
Artist Dates: 
1840-1926
Artist Nationality: 
French
Object Type: 
Details: 
This is a color lithograph print of a painting originally by Claude Monet titled "Lady with a Parasol".
Framed: 
Yes
 - Glass
Length: 
18 1/2 inches
Width: 
1 inch
Height: 
22 1/2 inches
Description: 

Claude Monet was the founder of the French Impressionist movement which sought to express one's perception of nature through essence and the effect of light on forms. Plein air painting was the chosen subject matter of the movement, but when figures such as this one arose they were executed with the same style which left details gestural. Accordingly unrecognizable, the woman pictured here is Suzanne Hoschedé, daughter of Claude Monet's second wife, Alice Hoschedé. The painting was rendered from a low viewpoint, making Ms. Hoschedé's figure appear grand at the top of the grassy area. As the wind dances with the fabric of her dress and scarf, the sky seems to spin on its own axis, suggesting the wind's overall effect on the whole scene that day from the figure to the movement of the clouds and the grass. The viewer understands the impression of the atmosphere and can almost feel the warmth and light bustle around them with the wind. Like many of Monet's paintings, there are several versions of this painting although those which are most common are the Woman with a Parasol with her son or Woman with a Parasol facing right.

Reproduce the Work in Library publications/publicity, including film or videotape: 
Yes
Make slides or videotapes for educational use: 
Yes
Permit the general public to photograph the work : 
Yes