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Description This drawing dates from perhaps the most formally successful decade of Breton's career. The artist represents a young woman lost in dreamy contemplation as she pauses for rest during the harvest. Her fellow harvesters continue to work behind her, and there are haystacks visible in the distance. The contrast is notable between the highly finished manner of the resting woman and the far sketchier treatment of the landscape background and secondary figures. The resting woman is characteristic of Breton's classicizing treatment of form in the 1860s, but it may also reflect an awareness of more recent sources.
Date Description Narrative
1/01/2002Treatmentexamined for exhibition; cleaned; other
  • 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.
  • The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006.
Provenance Purchased by William T. Walters (through George A. Lucas as agent), Baltimore, June 9, 1883 [1]; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] The Diary of George A. Lucas, p. 565.
Inscriptions "Jules Breton/1867" in charcoal, lower right; "823" on reverse of frame, upper right;"Walters 209" on label attached to reverse of frame, upper left; watermarked, "MFDT" in block letters
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1879

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charcoal and white chalk on blue, thick, heavily textured, cartridge-style laid paper; the blue color comes from blue and red textile fibers in a white furnish
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18 3/4 x 22 5/8 in. (47.6 x 57.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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