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Breton Peasant Woman Holding a Taper

Jules Breton

European Art

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.
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
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of William H. Herriman
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 21.102_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 21.102_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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