Detail from The Canal, Amsterdam, 1889, James McNeill Whistler, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

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Violet and Rose: Carmen qui rit

Titles

One title has been suggested, with varying punctuation:

  • 'Violet and Rose – Carmen qui rit' (1899, ISSPG). 1
  • 'Violet and Rose: Carmen qui rit' (1980, YMSM). 2

'Violet and Rose: Carmen qui rit' is the preferred version.

Description


                    Violet and Rose: Carmen qui rit, The Hunterian
Violet and Rose: Carmen qui rit, The Hunterian

A half-length portrait of a woman, in vertical oval format. She is wearing a dark pink v-necked dress, with a pink necklace. She has black hair with a central parting, and poses against a dark background. She is seen in three-quarter view to left, and her hands are clasped in front of her, probably over the back of a chair.

Sitter

This is one of several portraits of Carmen Rossi (fl. 1880/1901), proprietor of the Académie Carmen, which include Rose et or: La Napolitaine [YMSM 505], Violet and Rose: Carmen qui rit [YMSM 506], and Harmony in Rose and Green: Carmen [YMSM 507].


                    Violet and Rose: Carmen qui rit, The Hunterian
Violet and Rose: Carmen qui rit, The Hunterian

                    Harmony in Rose and Green: Carmen, The Hunterian
Harmony in Rose and Green: Carmen, The Hunterian

She is wearing the same dress as in Harmony in Rose and Green: Carmen [YMSM 507].

Notes:

1: 2nd Exhibition, Pictures, Drawings, Prints and Sculptures, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1899 (cat. no. 133).

2: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 506).

Last updated: 21st November 2020 by Margaret