Description: In this magnificent pastel, Forain successfully portrays the intense emotion of a fleeting moment—the feeling of ecstasy and serenity brought on by the perfume of a flower bouquet. Lauded by critics when it was shown at the eighth and final Impressionist exhibition, Woman Breathing in Flowers is today considered a masterwork.
Provenance: Museum purchase supported in part by Mrs. James D. Robinson, Mrs. John Sneed Williams, and the estate of Louise Richardson Dodd
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