Breton Peasant Woman Holding a Taper
With this intimate image of an elderly woman fingering her rosary beads, Breton conveys the religious devotion associated with Brittany and its people. Placing the figure against a monochromatic background, he carefully renders the starched folds of her high white collar and head covering. As France barreled into the industrial age, Brittany’s steadfast adherence to regional costume and religious tradition remained a lure throughout the nineteenth century for both academic and avantgarde artists.
- Artist: Jules Breton, French, 1827-1906
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Place Made: France
- Dates: ca. 1869
- Dimensions: 12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.9 cm) Frame: 24 x 20 3/4 x 4 1/4 in. (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower left: "J. Breton"
- Collections:European Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 21.102
- Credit Line: Bequest of William H. Herriman
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Jules Breton (French, 1827-1906). Breton Peasant Woman Holding a Taper, ca. 1869. Oil on canvas, 12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of William H. Herriman, 21.102
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)