Perfect for a Country French Decor!
This is the end of the Pont Aven School, late 19th C to very early 20th, when all the fashionable Parisian and European painters, were moving to Brittany with their brushes, to emulate the Masters.
The trend ended in the 1910s, with WWI.
Brittany was the ultimate exotic destination at the time, a little bit like Outer Mongolia today! with people living close to nature and ancient traditions, wearing folk costumes, and producing exquisite crafts of all kinds: lace, wood and stone carving, pottery and painted earthenware, among others.
The scene shows a "Bretonne" wearing the daily lace bonnet, a long peasant skirt, and probably walking in her wooden clogs.
The sky is overcast as is always the case in this area at the extreme West of the Continent.
The painter chose this picturesque farm with its thatched roof and pond, because it also has something remarkable at the front:
Serving as a natural fence to the farm, is a stunning alignment of "Menhirs", man-organized stones and slabs arrangements dating back to the Neolithic Age when Celtic populations from Northern Europe were ritually aligning them like in Stonehenge.
A spectacular French farm scene, with intense late 19th Century character, which will become even more prestigious once framed with a large ornate gold frame.
We removed the original frame, as the gesso was crumbling down. The color of the frame was a dark gold, with a distinct copper tone.
This color works beautifully with the piece in my opinion. The width of the original frame was approximately 5-6 inches.
MEASUREMENTS: Width: 28 3/4" Height: 23 1/2" (definitely large for the time!)
CONDITION: The oil is in very good condition with normal wear for its age. The canvas is sturdy, and there is only one small cut, about half an inch in the bushes on the right hand side, (see pic) and the few, usual, pinholes, visible when you hold the canvas to the light.
Please see last pics for closeups, including the back of the canvas held to the light,
The stretchers are contemporary to the piece. This is pine, and the original color was of course much lighter. This warm color is the patina of time.
Angles have been traditionally straight in a majority of French stretchers since the mid 19th Century, not wedged.
Will be shipped "Expedited" from Paris including insurance and signature at delivery.
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