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Picturing a World

Marie Bracquemond’s umbrella

I am posting this largely because I think it’s gorgeous. As a teenager, Marie Bracquemond studied with Ingres and she learned etching from her husband, Félix Bracquemond. The elegance of her line no doubt reflects her training, but her use of color and the liveliness she imparts to every detail are surely her own.

The image is also useful in visualizng what a woman might wear in 1880. And then there is the umbrella—a motif worth exploring.
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