Woman with Three Girls
On View: Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Gallery, 4th Floor
Like many academic and avant-garde artists, the Hungarian painter Rippl-Rónai traveled to Brittany in the late 1880s, drawn by the abiding traditions of the French province. Several years after his return to Hungary, Rippl-Rónai painted this scene of a woman and three girls in Breton costume, perhaps also evocative of traditional Hungarian dress. In his rendering of the lush foliage, the artist demonstrates his embrace of flatness and dense patterning, hallmarks of the group of painters called the Nabis. With this formal technique, Rippl-Rónai endows his picture with an intimacy appropriate to a moment shared by a mother and her daughters.
Oil on board
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)
Signed lower right, on red table cloth: "Rónai"
Designated Purchase Fund
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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)
overall, 1994.68_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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