Madame Théodore Gobillard (Yves Morisot–1893)1869 by Edgar Degas
Degas acknowledged the unfinished state of this painting by calling it Portrait de femme (ébauche), or Portrait of a Woman (sketch), when he showed it at the second Impressionist exhibition in 1876. He had painted it seven years earlier: the sitter is Berthe Morisot's eldest sister, who posed in the living room of her family's Paris home. Detailed preparatory studies for the portrait, including three in The Met's collection, seem to anticipate a more finished final work, but Degas evidently found satisfaction in the suggestiveness he achieved here. Fellow painter Mary Cassatt later remarked: "It is much in the style of a Vermeer and quite as interesting, very quiet and reposeful. It is a beautiful picture."
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