A Meadow in the Bourbonnais, Morning (Une Prairie du Bourbonnais, par un effet de matin)
In this painting, exhibited at the Salon of 1876 and considered his masterwork, Harpignies presents a vast landscape in the Bourbonnais region, dotted with grazing cows, ancient trees, and a snaking line of long, cool shadows leading to a distant horizon. Harpignies peoples the middle distance of the scene with children and peasant women washing laundry in the river, a long-standing custom of the area. For Parisian audiences scarred by the deprivations suffered during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71 and the humiliation of defeat, Harpignies' painting provided reassurance of France's beauty, bounty, and ageless traditions.
- Artist: Henri-Joseph Harpignies, French, 1819-1916
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Place Made: France
- Dates: 1876
- Dimensions: 44 x 66 in. (111.8 x 167.6 cm) Frame: 52 1/4 x 75 x 3 3/8 in. (132.7 x 190.5 x 8.6 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed and dated lower left: "h j harpignies. 1876."
- Collections:European Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, South, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 55.18
- Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Thomas F. Walsh
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Henri-Joseph Harpignies (French, 1819-1916). A Meadow in the Bourbonnais, Morning (Une Prairie du Bourbonnais, par un effet de matin), 1876. Oil on canvas, 44 x 66 in. (111.8 x 167.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Thomas F. Walsh, 55.18
- Record Completeness: Best (86%)