Arts Everyday Living: The World of the Impressionists—A Woman with a Parasol





Take a stroll with the Impressionists and their visions of women: Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919); John Singer Sargent (1856-1925);* and Claude Monet (1840-1926).


Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Lise with Umbrella, 1867, oil on canvas, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany


Her little Parasol to lift

And once to let it down

Her whole Responsibility—

To imitate be Mine.**

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)


John Singer Sargent, A Morning Walk, 1888, oil on canvas, Private Collection



Claude Monet, Woman with a Parasol, Turned toward Left, 1886, oil on canvas, Musee D’Orsay, Paris


I will look at cliffs and clouds

With quiet eyes,

Watch the wind bow down the grass,

And the grass rises.***

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)



Claude Monet, Woman with a Parasol, Madame Monet and Her Son Jean, 1876, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.


John Singer Sargent was not officially part of the Impressionists but was influenced by their style.*

From the poem Her little Parasol to lift**

From the poem Afternoon on a Hill***


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