Le bouquet de violettes (c.1877-1878)

Gonzalès, Eva (1849-1883)

Le bouquet de violettes (The Bouquet of Violets)
Pastel on wove paper, 25.1 x 19.1 cm
Metropolitan Museum of ArtNew York

Gonzalès’s sister Jeanne, who was also an artist, probably posed for this scene. Women in the Impressionist circle frequently portrayed such glimpses of domestic life. In this work, an ensemble of pictorial elements stimulates the senses, including the silky, rustling gown and fragrant violets. The pearly gray and pink palette and the brisk handling of the pigments are similar to pastels made in the late 1870s by Gonzalès’s teacher, Édouard Manet. (MET)

See also:

Guérard-Gonzalès, Jeanne (1852-1924)