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Morning awakening

Painting, 1876, 81.3×100 cm

Description of the artwork «Morning awakening»

French painter Eva Gonzalez has not written a self-portrait, which is rare among the Impressionists. Her favorite model was the youngest sister Jeanne also fond of painting, but attained greater success on the field posing.

Some researchers of creativity gonzález believe that in sister eve saw her reflection, why chose to portray her as saw myself. In proof of this hypothesis is the fact that some time after the wedding with a friend Edouard Manet artist Henri Gerard the artist has painted the portrait of Jeanne, dressed in their own wedding outfit.

And what is remarkable: the picture was in some way an omen. 9 years after the sudden death of Gonzalez from embolism, Joan became the second wife of the widowed husband's sisters and the foster mother for her child – my nephew.

Picture Of Eva Gonzales "Morning awakening" one of the many paintings depicting everyday moments in the life of a younger sister. By the way, the teacher and mentor of the artist Edouard Manet insisted that the model in this picture was worth to portray the Nude. But in the context of the entire work of Gonzalez look like sisters imagine is absolutely impossible. Jeanne appears in her works exclusively chaste, however, like other women (1, 2, 3).

Even in cases when they are not at all clothes – female body Gonzalez writes so delicately that in cases where he given a large part of the canvas, there is no hint of sensuality or eroticism. There is another picture in very similar scenery, where Jeanne still more recalls pure angel only by some mistake were in the bedroom the sisters of the artist.

This, perhaps, is the main difference between impressionistic painting Gonzalez from the creations of her male colleagues. In her works you will not find any naked ladies Breakfast at the picnic in the company of fully clothed men or disturbing the minds of the outraged public "the shameless" like Olympia. Leaving the prerogative for such antics his patron, Gonzalez kept extremely feminine, fragile and soft brushwork in the framework that allowed impressionism.

Author: Natalia Azarenka
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About the artwork

Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Portrait, Genre scene

Style of art: Impressionism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1876

Size: 81.3×100 cm

Artwork in selections: 19 selections