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In this small image, Denis created a clever layering of the girl, spotted cow, golden wheat field, waves, and distant shore. Typical of the Pont-Aven style, their rolling lines and rounded shapes assume decorative patterns. Taking liberties with color, Denis rendered the girl's coiffe in pink rather than white.
Denis was also a theoretician of painting, and this 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).