Mrs. Potter Palmer (1849-1918)
Watercolor on ivory; silver gilt, mother-of-pearl
Overall: 3 3/8 x 2 1/4 in. ( 8.6 x 5.7 cm )
inscribed on label on reverse of case: "Mrs. Potter Palmer of Chicago"
Bertha Palmer, wife of the Chicago real estate magnate Potter Palmer, was the queen of Chicago society: her social position paralleled Mrs. Astor's in New York. Mrs. Palmer was also an influential tastemaker and enthusiastic patron of contemporary art. Through Mary Cassatt, the Potters became acquainted with and purchased many works by Monet, Renoir, and other Impressionists. Mrs. Palmer organized an exhibition of modern European paintings at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893, providing many Americans with their first exposure to French Impressionism.
Gift of the Estate of Peter Marié
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