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Georges Clairin - Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt
Armand Point - Peacock Casket
Camille Alaphilippe - Woman with Monkey
Aristide  Maillol - Seated female nude with her left hand on her head. Study for The Mediterranean
Louis-Robert Carrier-Belleuse - The Struggle for Life vase
Léon  Lhermitte - Les Halles
Fernand Pelez - The Death of Emperor Commodus
Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Ambroise Vollard in a Red Scarf
Jean Carriès - My Portrait
Emile Gallé - Two-handled vase
Georges-Henri Lemaire - Silence or Immortality
Charles-Alexandre Giron - Woman wearing gloves, also known as The Parisienne
Paul Sérusier - Tricoteuse au bas rose
Pierre-Auguste  Renoir - Portrait of Madame de Bonnières
Berthe Morisot - Jeune fille en décolleté - La fleur aux cheveux
Pierre Bonnard - Conversation à Arcachon
Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat - Dish : The judgment of Paris
Joseph-Marius Avy  - Bal blanc
Marie Constantine Bashkirtseff - Parisienne, Portrait of Irma
Maurice Denis - Female bathers at Perros-Guirec
Fernand Pelez - La Vachalcade
Alfred Sisley - The Church at Moret (Evening)
Théophile Alexandre Steinlen - Ball on the 14th of July
Edmond  Aman-Jean - Miss Ella Carmichaël
Raoul Larche - Buste d'enfant (portrait présumé de Marcel Lerolle)
Sarah Bernhardt - Dagger : algues
 Baccarat Factory - Vase à décor de cactus
Emile Gallé - Commode, Le Sang d'Arménie
 Bracquemond (Félix), Rousseau (Eugène), Creil and Montereau factory - Round dish. Rousseau dinner service
Félix  Vallotton - Femme au bouquet
Emmanuel Frémiet - Le pélican gastronome
George Desvallières - Portrait de Mademoiselle Yvonne Robiquet
Léonard Agathon - Deux esquisses pour le Jeu de l'Echarpe

Woman wearing gloves, also known as The Parisienne

Genève, 1850 – Gentod-Bellevue (Suisse) 1914
Oil on canvas
200 x 91 cm

Dressed to go out, the Parisian woman is wearing an afternoon gown whose jet embroidery and velvet appliqué work set off its deep black colour. The way in which it drapes around her hips is inspired by 18th century dresses with panniers which had been updated by designers of collections for major Parisian fashion houses.

The presence of a gilded console table in the rocaille style confirms the reference to the era of Louis XV, and the interlaced design on the walls prefigures the sinuous floral curves of the Art Nouveau style.

Simone Giron, who donated this large painting to the Petit Palais was very familiar with this work which her father always kept close to him. She specifies in a monograph devoted to the painter that he met his model at Ville-d’Avray close to Paris and dubbed her the Black Diamond. Giron exhibited this portrait of a woman buttoning her long gloves at the annual exhibition of the Société nationale des Beaux-Arts [ National Fine Art Society] in 1883.

The catalogue for the retrospective exhibition staged at the Museum of Fine Art in Berne in 1955 gave her the symbolic title “The Parisian Woman”, which suited this elegant woman with her pretty, mischievous profile enhanced by a toque hat covered in black marabou feathers. Born in Switzerland, Giron trained in Paris at Cabanel’s studio and exhibited for the first time at the Salon of 1876. He divided his time between Paris, Geneva and Cannes, then went to the Swiss Alps where he painted rural scenes and mountain landscapes. His fame spread throughout Europe on account of his society portraits.

Signed bottom right: Paris Chs GIRON

Donor, testator or seller: 
Gift of Simone Giron de Pourtalès, 1960
Inventory number: 
Inventory number : PPP03587
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