Woman with Green Parasol

Media - 1977.41 - SAAM-1977.41_1 - 4946
Copied Frederick F. Fursman, Woman with Green Parasol, 1908, oil on canvas, 3125 in. (78.863.5 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Fursman Foundation, 1977.41
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Artwork Details

Woman with Green Parasol
3125 in. (78.863.5 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of the Fursman Foundation
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Figure female — full length
  • Landscape — beach
  • Dress — accessory — umbrella
  • Children
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Artwork Description

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.