The Old Peasant Woman

The Old Peasant Woman

Henry van de Velde (Belgian, 1863-1957)

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Although best known for innovative architecture and decorative arts designs, Henry van de Velda devoted his early career to painting and drawing. Like Jean-Franҫois Millet and Camille Pissaro, he gave peasant themes a prominent place in his art. Far away from picturesque or sentimental portrayals of an unfamiliar way of life, these works were drawn from his experiences in the Belgian countryside and reflect his social consciousness. While the sunstruck pastel, with its contrast of throbbing color and shadows, is primarily Impressionist in conception, it does display some of the division of color that Van de Velde later fully developed under the influence of Seurat and Neo-Impressionism.

Purchased from the artist's son by Nicolas Poussin, Paris, France; Paris or Versailles, art market 1965; W. J. Holliday, Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1965; {1} given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1979.

{1} As cited in Ellen Wardwell Lee, The Aura of neo-Impressionism: The W. J. Holliday Collection, Indianapolis, 1983, pp. 72-73 (ill.)

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Henry van de Velde (Belgian, 1863-1957)
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pastel on ivory wove paper
12-1/2 x 9-1/2 in.
19-3/8 x 16-1/4 in. (framed)
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The Holliday Collection
© Henry van de Velde/Artists Rights Society (ARS)
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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