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The Close of Day

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Description Two peasant women rest leaning on their rakes as the sun sets. Breton trained in Belgium and in Paris but remained committed to his birthplace, Courrières in the Pas-de-Calais department of northern France. His early paintings reflect a concern for the plight for the rural poor, but his later works tended to romanticize their existence.
Date Description Narrative
2/16/1938Treatmentcleaned; coated
5/23/1981Examinationexamined for condition
11/12/1981Loan Considerationexamined for loan
8/01/1982Treatmentcoated; cleaned; other
8/21/1982Treatmentcleaned; coated; other
7/16/1984Loan Considerationexamined for loan
2/19/1991Loan Considerationexamined for loan
8/11/1993Loan Considerationexamined for loan
4/01/1995Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation; re-housed
  • Jules Breton and the French Rural Tradition. Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha; The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis; The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. 1982-1983.
  • Redefining Genre: French and American Painting 1850-1900. The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis; Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Meridian International Center, Washington. 1995-1996.
  • Before Monet: Landscape Painting in France and Impressionist Masters: Highlights from The Walters Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998.
  • Vive la France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1999-2000.
  • A Magnificent Age: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte. 2002-2004.
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance Purchased by William T. Walters (from the artist through George A. Lucas as agent), Baltimore, February 14 1865 [1]; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] The Diary of George A. Lucas, p. 193.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower right: Jules Breton/Courriéres 1865
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, ca. 1865

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oil on canvas
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H: 25 13/16 x W: 19 1/8 in. (65.5 x 48.5 cm); Framed H: 37 3/4 x W: 31 1/4 x D: 3 1/2 in. (95.9 x 79.4 x 8.9 cm)
  • France, Courrières (Place Depicted)
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