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Peonies and head of a woman
(c. 1887)

Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
40.7 × 65.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Longpré-les-Corps-Saints, Picardy, France
Accession Number
2004.218
Department
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Joseph Brown Collection. Presented through the NGV Foundation by Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE, Honorary Life Benefactor, 2004
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Gallery 9
Level 2, NGV Australia
About

This relatively small, freely painted work also 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.

Colourmen

Colourman
REY & PERROT
Location
Right side reverse of canvas
Transcription
COULEURS FINES & TOILES A PEINDRE/TABLEAUX/REY & PERROT/PARIS/51. Rue de la Rochefoucauld. 51
Medium
Ink stamp
More information
Guide Labreuche (FR)