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Umbrellas in art

Umbrellas feature in multiple famous pieces of art and sculptures.

Here are just a few. What others can you think of?


Woman with a Parasol by Claude Monet


"Woman with a Parasol was painted outdoors, probably in a single session of several hours' duration. The artist intended the work to convey the feeling of a casual family outing rather than a formal portrait, and used pose and placement to suggest that his wife and son interrupted their stroll while he captured their likenesses. The brevity of the moment portrayed here is conveyed by a repertory of animated brushstrokes of vibrant colour, hallmarks of the style Monet was instrumental in forming. Bright sunlight shines from behind Camille to whiten the top of her parasol and the flowing cloth at her back, while coloured reflections from the wildflowers below touch her front with yellow." (nga.cov)



Woman With A Parasol In A Garden, 1875 Pierre Auguste Renoir


"In Woman with a Parasol in a Garden, Renoir’s language is wholly impressionistic: in a setting lacking a visible horizon, the flowers and shrubs are created with tiny dabs of colour, providing a constant interweaving of textures around the two small figures. The woman, whose parasol shades her from the sun, stands close to the man as he leans down, perhaps to pick a flower, hinting at an intimate relationship.

Contrary to what one may think, this canvas was not painted in the countryside but in the garden of Renoir’s new studio in Montmartre. His friend George Rivière recalled: ‘As soon as Renoir entered the house, he was charmed by the view of this garden, which looked like a beautiful abandoned park." Musseothyssen.org




Woman With A Parasol In Stanley Park - Josh Byer


Josh Byer (b 1977 - ) is an actor and artist residing in Vancouver, Canada.




Trip to Tiffanys Original Palette Knife Painting by Christine Bell




Central Park Abstract Landscape Painting- girl with umbrella / people walking in rain with colourful umbrellas Christine Bell



Garden with Courting Couples Square Saint – Pierre - Vincent van Gogh




Le Printemps (Jeanne Demarsy), 1881 (oil on canvas), Manet, Edouard (1832-83)





A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte - 1884 (French: Un dimanche apres-midi a l'ile de la Grande Jatte - 1884) is one of Georges Seurat's most famous works, and is an example of pointillism.




With an Umbrella, 1939 is a painting by Paul Klee




Woman with an Umbrella is a painting by Edgar Degas c. 1876



Machine à coudre avec parapluies dans un paysage surréaliste, 1941 Salvador Dali (1904-1989)




Umbrellas have also been a point of focus in sculptures e.g. as used by Uri Dushy in his multiple sculptures of people with umbrellas. Here is his Man with Umbrella Walking in the rain 02 Sculpture




In 2014, the statue ‘Umbrella Man’ by the Hong Kong artist known as Milk was set up at a pro-democracy protest site next to the central government offices in Hong Kong. The sculpture

Umbrella Man is a 3 m high wooden statue. The inspiration for the woodblock statue, symbolising freedom and peace, was a photograph of a suffragist holding an umbrella over a police officer to shield him from the rain. The statue is constructed of plywood of ordinary wood tint on a metal frame. Those blocks making up the face are white, symbolising pepper spray used by the police on the suffragists; the umbrella is yellow




Umbrellas have also been used to decorate streets across the globe




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