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Preparing Dinner

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Description In an alcove of an Ecouen kitchen a peasant woman stands stooped over a bowl with her back to the viewer. Light streaming through the window illuminates the alcove, showing the onions and apples on the sill, the beets and a wicker basket containing a section of squash on a chest, and an exceptionally large cabbage lying on the floor, as well as various utensils, a wicker hamper, a keg, an iron pot, a large ceramic pitcher and various strainers and ladles hanging from pegs on the wall. Discernible within the dimly lit interior are a chest, several pots, and the wash hung to dry.
Date Description Narrative
5/03/1977Treatmentcleaned; coated; mounted
5/03/1977Treatmentexamined for loan; other
10/26/1978Loan Considerationexamined for loan
7/16/1984Loan Considerationexamined for loan
  • The Realist Tradition: French Painting and Drawing, 1830-1900. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn; Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis; Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow. 1980-1982.
  • Artful Dining: The Exhibition. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1994.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, prior to 1878 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower left in black paint: Edouard Frére.; [Date] Lower left in black paint: 1858
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1878

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oil on canvas
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H: 16 1/16 x W: 21 1/16 in. (40.8 x 53.5 cm)
  • France (Place of Origin)
  • France, Ecouen (Place Depicted)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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