Breton Peasant Woman Holding a Taper
On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
In this image of a woman holding a rosary and candle, Jules Breton conveyed the devotion associated with the people of Brittany, a conservative, religious region of northeastern France. The work is a study for a figure in one of his many paintings of pardons, Brittany’s annual penitential rites in which peasants in traditional dress take part in a procession. Many urban male artists in the nineteenth century perceived Brittany—especially its women, whom they nearly always depicted wearing their distinctive white headdresses—as “primitive,” pious avatars of a culture unspoiled by modern life.
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
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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