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Small Convertible Hand Bag featuring Manet's Jeanne Spring by Gabs, Italy

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Gabs was founded in 2000 by designer Franco Gabbrielli in Florence, Italy.  His family tradition and experience within the leather goods industry dates back to the 1970s.

After many years of developing bags in the traditional way, Franco decided to take on a challenge of a new major project: to work on a new concept of bag where the bag can be transformed, according to the consumers' needs. Bag includes zip closure, cotton lining, and internal pockets both open and zipped, leather handles, adjustable and removable nylon shoulder strap, leather insert that helps maintain the shape of the bag, small notebook, and storage bag.

- Dimensions: 14.6 inches x 18.8 inches (not including handles)
- Materials: PU and leather accent outer with cotton inner lining
- Made in Italy
- Item #: 30T2F6168

A chic young woman in a day dress with floral accents holds a parasol against a background of exuberant foliage. She looks straight ahead, a picture of poise and detachment even as she seems fully aware of the viewer's admiring gaze. Representing aspiring Parisian actress Jeanne Demarsy as the embodiment of Spring, this portrait debuted at the last major public exhibition of Manet's life, the Paris Salon of 1882. For more than two decades, Manet's paintings were rejected by the Salon or met with controversy; Spring was the most unalloyed success of the artist's Salon career, a career that ended tragically a year later when Manet died of causes related to syphilis. 

Appealing to critics primarily on account of Jeanne's charm, Spring also showcased Manet's mastery of his medium. The painting exhibits a marvelous range of brushwork, from the thin, delicate floral touches on the dress to the smooth handling of Jeanne's face and the broad, sketch-like strokes of the backdrop. The painting's sensual handling and bright, vibrant palette evoke the pleasures of the season it celebrates.

When composing Spring, Manet had in view both the latest fashion trends and old artistic traditions. An avid connoisseur of feminine couture, he pieced together Jeanne's ensemble himself by scouring dressmakers' and milliners' shops. Posing his model in the studio, however, he referred to portrait conventions of the early Italian Renaissance, presenting her half-length, in profile, and against a mass of greenery. More than just an ephemeral 'fashion-plate,' Manet's archetypal Spring was conceived as a picture for the ages, summarizing his modern epoch through the figure of a beautiful Parisienne.

Édouard Manet (French, 1832 - 1883)

Jeanne (Spring), 1881, Oil on canvas
74 × 51.5 cm (29 1/8 × 20 1/4 in.)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles