National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Joseph Brown Collection. Presented through the NGV Foundation by Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE, Honorary Life Benefactor, 2004
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This relatively small, freely painted work reflects Russell’s experience of Japanese art, placing the woman’s head, almost certainly his wife, Marianna, below and behind the dominant branch of flowering peonies. The artist’s intention is the creation of a richly coloured surface pattern, with space suppressed, and the figure almost incidental. The picture clearly relates to a group of works painted in 1887, with the head of the sitter set against a background pattern of flowers.
REY & PERROT
Right side reverse of canvas
COULEURS FINES & TOILES A PEINDRE/TABLEAUX/REY & PERROT/PARIS/51. Rue de la Rochefoucauld. 51