- Denis built this composition by a clever layering of receding forms: from the girl, her spotted cow, and the wheat field, to the waves and distant shore. Typical of the Pont-Aven style, their rolling lines assume decorative, curving patterns. Taking liberties with color, Denis rendered the girl’s cap in pink rather than the traditional white.
- Denis was also a theoretician of painting, and this small canvas embodies his most famous observation: “Remember that a painting—before being a battle horse, a nude woman, or some anecdote—is essentially a flat surface covered with colors assembled in a certain order.”
(Galerie La Cave, Paris); purchased by Samuel Josefowitz, Pully-Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1979-80; acquired as a partial gift, partial purchase, by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1998 (1998.176).