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Femme aux Fagots (Woman with a Bundle of Sticks)

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Elizabeth Nourse, Femme aux Fagots (Woman with a Bundle of Sticks), ca. 1899, oil on canvas, Gift of Mrs. Ineze Miller, public domain, 69.71

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Title

Femme aux Fagots (Woman with a Bundle of Sticks)

Artist

Elizabeth Nourse (American, active United States and France, 1859-1938)

Date

ca. 1899

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

46 in x 32 1/2 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature/maker's mark: signature lower left E. Nourse

Collection Area

American Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Ineze Miller

Accession Number

69.71

Copyright

public domain

Terms

canvas

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

Description

Elizabeth Nourse, like her friend Mary Cassatt, painted what she knew best—the pursuits of women. And, like Cassatt, she was one of the few women of her time to establish herself as a respected and successful artist. Where Cassatt focused her attention on the maternal and leisure pursuits of the middle- and upper classes, Nourse chose to paint working women.

She left her native Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1894 to settle permanently in France, where she often sketched and painted scenes from rural life. As in Femme Aux Fagots, these works tended toward the somber realism found in Jean-François Millet’s paintings which focused on the serious and melancholy toil of the rural population. Like Millet, Nourse’s painting is without the veils of romance that often characterized the late 19th century view of peasant life.

The historic period frame has been made possible through the generosity of the European and American Art Council.

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