Sitting Under the Arbour  1880

by Hugo Birger

Hugo Birger’s women in bustles are emblematic of the sophisticated world that awaited the Swedish artists in Paris in the 1880s. In Sweden, bourgeois respectability demanded that dresses have long sleeves, preferably black, while the women in Paris wore bright satin dresses adorned with trails, frills, lace and flounces. [url=
100 x 81 cm
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of Nationalmuseum, Sweden (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0))