Sunday, December 27, 2015

An Egyptian Peasant woman and her Child (1869-1870)

Léon Bonnat: An Egyptian Peasant woman and her Child

Bonnat is said to have studied this peasant woman and child from life while he was in Egypt for the opening ceremony of the Suez Canal in 1869. The painting was praised at the Paris Salon the following year and again when it was first exhibited in New York in 1876. When Catharine Lorillard Wolfe bequeathed the picture to the Metropolitan it was deemed "a true and vital portrait of two clearly realized individuals [with] a wonderful dignity, sobriety, strength, and beauty." [Metropolitan Museum of Art]

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