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Street in Pont Aven
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Street in Pont Aven


Archibald Standish Hartrick (1864-1950)

Medium : material : oil; support : material : canvas

Width: 95 cm ( frame ); Height: 68.4 cm ( frame ); Depth: 5 cm ( frame ); Width: 61 cm ( canvas ); Height: 33 cm ( canvas );

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Black, Vea (Miss); gift; 2000

About this work
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. (Permanent collection label)


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