Minerva Josephine Chapman (1858-1947)

  • Lilacs
  • Oil on canvas
  • 16 x 12 ½ inches
  • Signed lower right; Inscribed “Étude Fleurs”

Best known for her role in the revival movement for miniature watercolor paintings on ivory, Chapman also produced a large body of work in oil, painting miniatures, full-size landscapes, still lifes, portraits and interiors in an Impressionist style. This still life depicts lilacs in a blue vessel against a dark background. Where Chapman’s early palette included bright greens and blues, this painting reflects the more subdued tones of purple, gray and russet, which she adopted after 1895.

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Minerva Josephine Chapman
Minerva Josephine Chapman Lilacs Unframed