On loan from Tate: Bequeathed by the Hon. Mrs A. E. Pleydell-Bouverie through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1968, © 2000 Tate

Morisot was always remarkably free in her distinctive handling of paint, the canvas animated here by vivid, quick touches of colour.

The sitter was probably a paid model, but her frank and direct gaze suggests a friendship between sitter and artist. Morisot's daughter later dated this work to 1885.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1841 - 1895
Full title
Girl on a Divan
Date made
about 1885
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
61 x 50.2 cm
Inscription summary
Stamped
Acquisition credit
On loan from Tate: Bequeathed by the Hon. Mrs A. E. Pleydell-Bouverie through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1968
Inventory number
L720
Location in Gallery