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Fin du travail (The End of the Working Day)

Jules Breton

European Art

Jules Breton’s image shows three monumental figures of French women, dramatically backlit by a sunset, returning from their day’s work in the potato fields. This idealized and heroic portrayal of field workers reflects the impact of the democratic Revolution of 1848 on artists later in the century. The painter himself said that "art was to do [the workers] the honor formerly reserved exclusively for the gods."
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1886-1887
    DIMENSIONS 33 1/16 x 47 1/4in. (84 x 120cm) frame: 45 1/2 x 59 3/8 x 4 3/4 in. (115.6 x 150.8 x 12.1 cm)
    SIGNATURE Signed and dated lower right: "Jules Breton/Courrières 1887"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Edward S. Harkness
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