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Laughing Girl

Perry, Lilla Cabot

Laughing Girl

oil on canvas

1981 Purchase, funded by West Virginia Arts & Humanities Commission & Daywood Foundation

A native of Boston, Lilla Cabot Perry was born into a respected aristocratic family. Perry socialized with prominent artists and intellectuals throughout America, Europe and Japan. After her art training at the Cowles School in Boston and several notable academies in Europe, Perry developed a close friendship with Claude Monet at Giverny in 1899. Her association with Monet had a profound impact on her work. Like Mary Cassatt, Perry brought the work of Monet and the Impressionists to the attention of Americans. Perry often used her three daughters as models for her paintings. Her daughter, Edith, was the subject for "Laughing Girl".