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• Early Morning Sunshine is a superb example of Ritman’s intimate interior scenes. Painting in a fluid Impressionist style, Ritman used varied, broken brushwork and luminous colors in a harmonious balance of blues, pinks, lavenders, and yellows.
• 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, a founder of Impressionism.
• Giverny Group artists favored images of women in bright interiors or sun-filled landscapes. Their decorative approach emphasized pattern and bold contrasts.
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