“The Umbrella”, 1883, oil on canvas, Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
By February 1882 Marie had begun her next masterpiece. She writes, “I’ve found my subject: 3 street children next to a double door–most realistic.” By August she had set up an arrangement with a local orphanage where she would begin a series of paintings of the children. On August 23rd she writes, “I’ve been out walking, looking for pictures. I’ve gone twice to the orphanage. The director is already a friend, and the children crowded around me on the second visit for the bonbons I was handing out.” Tuesday, August 29, 1882 Marie writes about working on her painting "The Umbrella," “I’m painting a little girl with her black skirts over her shoulders and an open umbrella. I work outside and it rains constantly.” By the end of 1882 Jules and Marie were visiting each other regularly.
April 16th, 2019
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