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Street in Pont Aven

© the copyright holder. Photo credit: The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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In his memoirs, the Scottish artist Hartrick described Pont-Aven as a place of ‘dramatic strangeness … peopled by a savage-looking race’. He spent the summer and autumn of 1886 painting bleak corners of this Breton village in a drab palette. Here, he shows a woman and two young children walking along a muddy road. Hartrick was fascinated by the headdress worn by Breton women. Yet he was determined to depict them in a manner which did not idealise their hard lives in this isolated settlement.

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oil on canvas


H 33 x W 61 cm

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gift from Miss Vea Black, 2000

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