The Parasol

 
Artist
Creation date
Materials
oil on wood
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
Not Currently On View

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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