Breton Peasant Woman Holding a Taper
On View: Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Gallery, 4th Floor
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.
Oil on canvas
12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.9 cm)
Frame: 24 x 20 3/4 x 4 1/4 in. (show scale)
Signed lower left: "J. Breton"
Bequest of William H. Herriman
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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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 21.102_PS9.jpg)
overall, 21.102_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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