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A Meadow in the Bourbonnais, Morning (Une Prairie du Bourbonnais, par un effet de matin)

Henri-Joseph Harpignies

European Art

Toward the end of Francisco Oller’s second Paris sojourn, Henri-Joseph Harpignies showed this large landscape of the Bourbonnais region of France at the Salon exhibition of 1876. It was embraced by the public for its reassuring depiction of France’s beauty, bounty, and ageless traditions—including the ancient custom of laundering in the region’s rivers—at a time when the country was still reeling from the humiliating defeat of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71.

Hacia el fin de la segunda estadía en París de Francisco Oller, Henri-Joseph Harpignies presentó este gran paisaje de la región francesa de Bourbonnais en la exposición del Salón de 1876. Fue bien recibido por el público debido a su descripción reconfortante de la belleza, la abundancia y las eternas tradiciones de Francia—incluyendo la costumbre antigua de lavar la ropa en los ríos de la región—durante una época en que el país aún estaba tambaleándose por la humillante derrota de la guerra franco-prusiana de 1870–71.

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 not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 55.18
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Thomas F. Walsh
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    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
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