lady with a bowl of violets

Lady with a Bowl of Violets (c.1910). Lilla Cabot Perry (American, 1848-1933). Oil on canvas. NMWA.

This composition features a Japanese woodblock print and simple floral arrangement behind the sitter’s head. Perry used the loose, painterly brushstrokes favored by Impressionists. With just a few broad strokes of paint, she conveyed the texture of the young woman’s skin and the heavy white lace trim on her gown. Vibrant orange highlights derive from the reflected light of the hearth.