Madame Valentine Fray (1870–1943)

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Under the name 'Val', Mme Fray exhibited at the Paris Salon, specializing, as was typical for women artists at the time, in flower painting. Valentine Fray (1870–1943) was one of Renoir's pupils. Renoir suggests nothing of his sitter's artistic abilities here – she holds a fan, not a palette. Luxuriating in the challenge of capturing the milky skin of her neck and shoulders Renoir delights in celebrating her sensuous beauty and avoids questioning the depths of her personality. Renoir is one of the best loved of the Impressionists. His art, unlike that of Cézanne or Monet, did not point out new paths for the future, but exalted in the pure joy of painting and recording the happiness of a moment. He was the first of the Impressionists to find success, especially with his portraits.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum


Madame Valentine Fray (1870–1943)




oil on canvas


H 64.8 x W 54 cm

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bequeathed by William McInnes, 1944

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