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• Ritman worked with the Giverny Group, a circle of American Impressionist painters who lived near the French village of Giverny from 1898 to 1914. Part of their attraction to the area was the presence of Claude Monet, one of the founders of Impressionism.
• The American artists favored images of women in vibrant, sun-filled landscapes or brightinteriors. An emphasis on pattern and vivid color contrasts characterizes their decorative approach.
• Early Morning Sunshine is a superb example of Ritman’s intimate interior scenes. Painted in a fluid Impressionist style, Ritman used varied, broken brushwork and luminous colors in a harmonious balance of blues, pinks, lavenders, and yellows.
Pennsylvania collection; sold at Christie's December 2 1988; Spanierman Gallery of New York; purchased by Jane and Andrew Paine, promised gift to the IMA 1997