A Woman Seated Beside a Vase of Flowers (Madame Paul Valpinçon?), 1865 by Molly
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<br />A Woman Seated Beside a Vase of Flowers (Madame Paul Valpinçon?), 1865
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917)
Oil on canvas ; 29 x 36 ½ in. (73.7 x 92.7 cm)
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.128)
Called “Femme accoudée près d'un pot de fleurs” when the artist sold it in 1887, the painting is possibly a portrait of Mme Paul Valpinçon, wife of Degas’s childhood friend. The bouquet is composed largely of asters. A pencil study for this portrait, also dated 1865, is in the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts.