Departure of the Fishing Boats

Cuno Amiet (Swiss, 1868-1961)

Currently on View in H208
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Influenced by traditional local wood carving, many Pont-Aven artists sculpted furniture and decorative panels. This relief adopts the popular Breton theme of families waving farewell to the seafaring fishermen.

Carving with a gouge before applying the color, Amiet cleverly extended the windswept figures and sailboats across the wide panel.

Amiet spent thirteen months in Pont-Aven and carried many of the artists' progressive ideas back to his native Switzerland.

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Object Information

Cuno Amiet (Swiss, 1868-1961)
creation date
polychrome wood relief
7 x 57 in.
mark descriptions
signed with initials and dated at right end of panel: 1894 / CA
accession number
credit line
Samuel Josefowitz Collection of the School of Pont-Aven, through the generosity of Lilly Endowment Inc., the Josefowitz Family, Mr. and Mrs. James M. Cornelius, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard J. Betley, Lori and Dan Efroymson, and other Friends of the Museum
© Cuno Amiet
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945

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