The Parasol

 
Artist
Creation date
Materials
oil on panel
Mark Descriptions
signed L.L.: Mortimer Menpes
Dimensions
5-1/2 x 3-3/4 in. (panel) 17 x 10-1/2 in. (framed)
Credit line
James E. Roberts Fund
Accession number
72.121.2
Collection
Currently On View In
Norb and Ruth Schaefer, Sr. & Norb and Carolyn Schaefer Gallery - H210

Menpes studied with American expatriate J.A.M. Whistler in London and absorbed his admiration for Japanese aesthetics. During 1887-1888 Menpes spent nine months in Japan, immersed in the life and culture of the country.

The Parasol is one of several works he presented in a London exhibition after his return. The show was so popular it attracted visitors such as Sarah Bernhardt and the Prince of Wales.

The image of a woman pausing on a Japanese street is indebted to the many Chelsea shop scenes of Whistler. The frame, designed by Menpes, also reflects Whistler's taste.

(The Fine Art Society, Ltd., London) by 1968;{1} Mrs. Robert Frank, London; {2} (The Fine Art Society Ltd., London) by 1972; {3}acquired by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1972 (72.121.2)

{1} See the catalogue The Early Years of the New English Art Club: Paintings, Water-colors, drawings, 26 February - 29 March 1968, cat. no. 67, in which "all the exhibits are for sale."
{2} See the catalogue published jointly by Wildenstein and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, From Realism to Symbolism: Whistler and His World, 1971, cat. no. 100 (ill).
{3} See the catalogue The Aesthetic Movement and the Cult of Japan, 3-27 October 1972, cat. no. 31.
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