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Madame Valentine Fray (1870–1943)

Photo credit: Glasgow Museums

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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.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum


Date

1901

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 64.8 x W 54 cm

Accession number

2419

Acquisition method

bequeathed by William McInnes, 1944

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

signed/dated


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Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8AG Scotland

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