Madame Léon Clapisson

Madame Léon Clapisson, 1883
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French, 1841-1919
Oil on canvas, 32 5/8 x 25 5/8 in. (81.8 x 65.2 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, ARTIC #1933.1174
Photo © Joan Ann Lansberry

(From info card)
"This canvas is Pierre-Auguste Renoir's second attempt to fulfill a commision from the stockbroker Léon Clapisson, a new collector of Impressionism, to paint his wife, Valentine. Initially, the artist decided to paint Madame Clapisson outdoors, taking tea in a rose garden, but neither Renoir nor Clapisson was satisfied with the result. In this second portrait, the sitter appears indoors in an evening dress, set against an abstract background that picks up the reds from her chair, blues from her dress, and yellows from her gloves."