József Rippl-Rónai, Lady with Black Veil

Magyar Nemzeti Galéria, Budapest

Date: 1896
Technique: Oil on canvas, 99.7 x 80 cm

The painting depicts the paintress Madame Mazet as the embodiment of cosmopolitan "fin de siecle" woman. The painter intends her to be an ambiguous figure; while she appears to be in a mood of mourning, her facial expression is enigmatic, hinting at something possibly frivolous anf flirtatious, even a touch of "femme fatale".

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