The Young Artist. Jules-Alexis Muenier (French, 1863-1942). Oil on canvas.
A young girl wearing a gauzy white dress sits with her tutor, absorbed in the study of art, in a parlor smartly decorated with gold-patterned, olive-green wallpaper and highly polished wood floors. Its use of color harmonies and light effects reveals the figures’ psychology and the scene’s temporality. The sunlight retreats from the room, leaving the depths in darkness as petals drop softly from a deadening rose bouquet—sharp contrasts to the steady stares of the girl and tutor focused on the canvas.