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Cousturier learned of Neo-Impressionism in the early 1900s, while studying with Paul Signac. She became an active participant in the later phase of the movement, when artists adopted the larger, block-like brush strokes seen in this canvas.
The artist was one of the few Neo-Impressionists who attempted self-portraiture. She combined the angular neckline, wavy hair, and tilt of the head with a deft contrast of warm and cool hues to create a very engaging likeness.
Cousturier also authored biographies of some of the original Neo-Impressionists and was the owner of Seurat’s A Sunday at the Grande Jatte, which hung in her studio through most of her career.
Dr. and Mrs. Milton D. Ratner, Chicago Illinois; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1971