About this artwork

Forain produced numerous, often witty images of beautiful young women who frequented Paris’s demi-monde. This little study, rapidly painted, is dedicated to ‘Mlle Valentine de Maria’ who was possibly an actress. The inscription was made by scratching through the still wet ground with the handle of a brush. A friend of Degas, Forain was a staunch supporter of the Impressionists and participated in their group shows between 1879 and 1886.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Jean-Louis ForainFrench (1852 - 1931)
  • title:
    A Lady in a Fur Cape
  • date created:
    About 1880
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    22.00 x 16.40 cm; Framed: 31.90 x 25.70 x 4.70 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Bequest of R H Walpole 1963
  • accession number:
    NG 2266
  • gallery:
  • artwork photographed by:
    Antonia Reeve
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