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Woman with Three Girls

József Rippl-Rónai

European Art

Inspired by avant-garde techniques he observed while living in Paris in the last decade of the nineteenth century, József Rippl-Rónai developed a style that juxtaposed daubs of bright colors and compressed the figures, furnishings, and patterns of his tapestry-like paintings into a single plane. When he returned to Hungary in 1901, he combined these formal innovations with elements that would reflect a distinctive, modern Hungarian style. Here, he includes embroidered textiles and a still life of tulips, which were traditional symbols of Hungarian culture and identity.
MEDIUM Oil on board
  • Place Made: Hungary
  • DATES ca. 1909
    DIMENSIONS 24 1/8 x 36 3/4 in. (61.3 x 93.3 cm) frame: 31 x 43 1/2 x 2 in. (78.7 x 110.5 x 5.1 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower right, on red table cloth: "Rónai"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Designated Purchase Fund
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1994, provenance not yet documented; before 1994, reportedly purchased in Budapest, Hungary by an unidentified rare book dealer; by June 1994, acquired by Michael R. Weintraub, Inc., New York, NY; June 17, 1994, purchased from Michael R. Weintraub, Inc. by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CAPTION József Rippl-Rónai (Hungarian, 1861–1927). Woman with Three Girls, ca. 1909. Oil on board, 24 1/8 x 36 3/4 in. (61.3 x 93.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Designated Purchase Fund, 1994.68 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1994.68_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 1994.68_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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