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Washerwomen of Fouesnant

30 x 23 5/8 in. (76.2 x 60 cm)

William-Adolphe Bouguereau
France (La Rochelle, France, 1825 – 1905, La Rochelle, France)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Bertha Buswell Bequest
Accession Number: 1955.61
Location: Currently on view
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Collection: Buswell-Hochstetter Collection

In Fouesnant, a bay in Brittany, Bouguereau found the source material that would fuel his work for years to come. Academic artists viewed scenes of peasants performing their usual daily chores as a modern-day counterpart to the rustic figures of antiquity so beloved in historical paintings. Despite their circumstances, peasants in Academic paintings were usually depicted as clean, well-fed and neatly dressed. Here a girl carrying laundry resembles a caryatid, a classical figure used to support an architectural pediment.

[Gallery label text, 2011]

Backing board; has been relined, with new stretcher.

Sold by the artist to Goupil, Paris (dealer), 1869; sold by them to M. Lallou, Paris, 1871; John Snedecor, New York (dealer); his sale, Leavitt Art Galleries, New York, March 28-30, 1872, lot 140; Mrs. Colin Leiter Campbell, New York, NY; her sale, American Art Association, April 30 1936, as lot 20; J. P. Fritz, New York, NY (dealer?); William Randolph Hearst; his sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, January 5-7, 1939, as lot 12; purchased from that sale by Bertha Hochstetter (Mrs. Henry) Buswell, Buffalo, NY; her bequest to the Gallery, 1941; lifetime interest held by her brother, Ralph Hochstetter, Buffalo, NY, until his death in 1955, when it passed to the Gallery

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genre scenes
scenes of everyday life
jobs & work
depictions of working, also professions as subcategories

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