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Woman with Green Parasol

1908 Frederick F. Fursman Born: El Paso, Illinois 1874 Died: Saugatuck, Michigan 1943 oil on canvas 31 x 25 in. (78.8 x 63.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Fursman Foundation 1977.41 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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In 1906, Frederick Fursman traveled to Paris to study at the Académie Julian and ended up staying for several years. The strong contrasts and delicate hues of this painting show that he was inspired by the French impressionists, who by the early twentieth century were well established in the country's artistic history. The intense sunlight that glows on the woman's starched uniform echoes in the play of light on the water and contrasts with the rich colors of the shadows. Dashes of blue appear throughout the composition, from the shadows in the distance and the ripples on the water to the bending blades of grass around the figure’s feet.

Keywords

Children

Dress - accessory - umbrella

Figure female - full length

Landscape - beach

Recreation - sport and play

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Frederick F. Fursman

Born: El Paso, Illinois 1874 Died: Saugatuck, Michigan 1943