Category: 1880s

Frances Richards (Canadian, 1852 – 1934): Portrait (c. 1884-1887) (via National Gallery of Canada)

Marie Bracquemond (French, 1840 – 1916): Le goûter (c. 1880) (via Paris Musées)

Edith Anna Œnone Somerville (Irish, 1858 – 1949): The Goose Girl (1888) (via Crawford Art Gallery on Twitter)

Rosa Schweninger (Austrian, 1854 – 1918): A Girl in the Garden (1881) (via Dorotheum)

Rose Maynard Barton (Irish, 1856 – 1929): St James’s Street Looking Towards St James’s Palace (1889) (via Chris Beetles Gallery)

Rose Maynard Barton (Irish, 1856 – 1929): The Welcome (1886) (via Sotheby’s)

Sarah Purser (Irish, 1848 – 1943): Le Petit Déjeuner (1881) (via National Gallery of Ireland)

From the museum website:

Sarah Purser was born in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, in 1848. Having studied art in Switzerland and Dublin, in 1878, she moved to Paris to study at the Académie Julian. In Paris, her friends included the Swiss artist Louise Breslau and the Italian musician Maria Feller, who was the model for this picture. Feller, the daughter of an Italian count, was teaching music at the time. She had earlier sat for a painting by Breslau entitled Tout passe, which featured at the Paris Salon.

Although Purser went on to become an established portrait painter in her native Ireland, this picture is not a portrait. The title, meaning The Breakfast, indicates that it is intended to be viewed as a depiction of an everyday moment. The subject matter and the woman’s distant expression may have been inspired by pictures of contemporary women by Edgar Degas and Berthe Morisot, both of whom Purser knew in Paris.

On her return to Dublin, Purser established herself as a much sought-after portrait painter and champion of the arts.

Jenny Nyström (Swedish, 1854 – 1946): Girl in a pine forest (1884) (via Bukowskis)

Berthe Morisot (French, 1841 – 1895): Girl in Rose Dress (1888) (via Tokyo Fuji Art Museum)

Mary Cassatt (American, 1844 – 1926): Girl in Pink with a Fan (c. 1889) (via Tokyo Fuji Art Museum)