Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Afternoon Tea (On the Terrace)

Afternoon Tea:

also called On the Terrace is an 1875 painting by Eva Gonzales, a French Impressionist painter, who died of an embolism on May 6 in 1883 at the age of 34 two weeks after giving birth. She was the only formal student of Édouard Manet.

The New York Times says, "Her life's work was small -perhaps 90 paintings- but those on display at the Marmottan have prompted critics to wonder what masterpieces she might have produced had she lived longer." ArtExperts says, "Some of her favourite subjects were Theatre Goers, and women relaxing outside. It is said that it was her bright colours, and soft brushstrokes which made her paintings successful."

Art Throb says,
Although little is really known about Gonzales, that is not to say she was without talent; she is definitely a celebrity among female artists, but unfortunately not as well known as her fellow male Impressionists. She possessed just as much creativity and observational power, and her work can be compared to the likes of Edgar Degas...
I think if I had that lovely flower garden to have tea in I'd look a bit more content, and I find myself wondering what this woman is thinking. I wonder if she may be worried about something.

You can see more of Eva Gonzales' paintings at The Athenaeum and at WikiArt.

Please join the T(ea) Tuesday gathering at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog, where Elizabeth is talking about the history of Cinco de Mayo.


  1. What a lovely painting. I am familiar with many of the Impressionist painters, but had never heard of Eva Gonzales. It's sad that she died so young. What I thought as I looked at the painting was, if I had that table, it would not be outside exposed to the elements. I realize I'm being far too literal, though because this is a lovely setting for tea in the afternoon.

    Thank you for sharing this gorgeous painting by Gonzales with us for T this Tuesday.

  2. Thanks for sharing.
    Seems the artist caught this lady deep in thought on her lovely terrace.
    Hope you're having a lovely T Day

  3. I looked at her paintings - they are gorgeous! The faces, the dresses, those apples...! Never heard of her before, but she should be way more famous than she is. Thanks for pointing her out to us.

  4. Thank you for bringing this artist to our attention. Like Elizabeth, I have some knowledge of the Impressionists but her name never surfaced. It is always exciting for be to discover a new female artist.


  5. a really beautiful painting. This lady looks like she's deep in her thoughts. Thanks for sharing and for the links. Happy T day!

  6. Lovely painting. I always learn something when I visit you... :)
    Happy T day!

  7. I heard from E about your problems with my blog. I just had both laptop and main pc gone through and cleaned up and updated. I only use my laptop for posting now, as I can control where it goes on the internet. Sorry your having problems, but I really don't think it has anything to do.......any longer.....with my pc. I hope tings work out. You might try actually typing in my blog address and see if that helps.

    Love this painting, but the impressionist were always my favorite in art history.

    1. Yes, that's what I'm thinking. I may uninstall the extension and re-install it. I'm not sure what else to do. Very frustrating :(

  8. Thank you for sharing this artist's work.
    Have a lovely week

  9. This woman doesn't look happy...maybe worried...but I like the softness of the painting and the colorful flowers. Very belated happy T-Day! ;)

  10. Perfect terrace to have a tea on. Or water!! That lady could do with some company to cheer her up!! Great art though.