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Study for the Mother in The Fisherman's Family

Study for the Mother in The Fisherman's Family

c. 1875

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes

(French, 1824-1898)

Black and white chalk with stumping, squared in black chalk

Support: Tan wove paper, possibly faded from blue, mounted to modern laid paper decorated with blue wash at margins

Sheet: 46.6 x 32.8 cm (18 3/8 x 12 15/16 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2008.390

Description

This study relates to the figure of the mother in The Fisherman's Family, a painting first shown in the 1875 Salon exhibition, and which the artist also painted in reduced scale in 1887. While Puvis represented his female figure completely nude in the study, in the painting he left bare just a breast, shoulder, and arm.

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