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Woman with Three Girls

József Rippl-Rónai

European Art

On View: Beaux-Arts Court, South, 3rd 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.
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)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower right, on red table cloth: "Rónai"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, South, 3rd Floor
    CREDIT LINE Designated Purchase Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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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
    IMAGE overall, 1994.68_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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