Female Model, Paris, Isabelle Ferry, 1885


Charcoal drawing of a female model by Isabelle Ferry dated January 14, 1885 and signed by the artist.  Drawing measures 19″ x 13″ and it is unframed.  Drawing is in good condition with a couple of faint creases and tack holes to the corners.  Drawing is affixed to a mat with glue, but it appears that it is easily removable.  Isabelle Ferry was a student of the famous Parisian artist, William Bouguereau.

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An impressionist painter, Isabelle Ferry lived primarily in Easthampton, Massachusetts but kept a studio in Boothbay Harbor, Maine where she was a prominent artist and gave art lessons. She also painted in Bermuda.

She was born in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, and studied in Paris with Adolphe William Bouguereau, and Robert Fleury. Returning to America, she took lessons from Robert Henri and Dwight Tryon.

She was known for brightly colored paintings of thick impasto and subjects included New England bays, cottages, and gardens.