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Young Breton Girls in the Field

Henry Moret (French, 1856-1913)


With its winding coastal pathway, stone walls, and young girls in traditional dress and wood shoes, this canvas shows Moret's devotion to painting the local color of Brittany.

Moret adopted a milder version of the style pioneered by Gauguin and Bernard. His canvas has the meandering curves, striated brushwork, and flat zones of color identified with the Pont-Aven School. Yet when compared with a similar subject by Gauguin hanging in the center of this gallery, Gauguin's bolder manipulation of color and pattern is evident.

Object Information

artist
Henry Moret (French, 1856-1913)
creation date
about 1890-1891
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
33-1/16 x 45-1/4 in.
43-1/2 x 55-1/2 in. (framed)
mark descriptions
signed L.R.: Henry Moret
accession number
1998.179
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
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945