Bracquemond Revisited is a 30x24 oil by Shirley Fachilla.
The painting within my painting above is a Marie Bracquemond. Marie was that rarity, a successful woman artist prior to the 20th century. She was a convert to Impressionism and therein lay her problem.
Her husband, also a noted artist, disliked both the Impressionists and his wife’s work which he sometimes ignored or, in the alternative, belittled. Plagued by ill health (and obviously, her husband!), Marie simply gave up painting.
There are few Bracquemonds and those are mostly in private hands. I’ve only seen two and found them both extraordinary. The one I painted is a portrait of Marie, her husband and her sister. It’s a beautiful interplay of light plus a psychological study of complex relationships.
Bracquemond Revisited is one of several paintings in which I included a painting of the past in the background of an open studio piece. I plan to show you more of them.