Victor-Gabriel Gilbert: Market Day
Victor-Gabriel Gilbert: The Flower Seller
Victor-Gabriel Gilbert: The Vegetable Market, Paris
"The reaper stretched out on his bed of fresh grassThe painting clearly exceeds the scope of this mild text and was indeed very popular at the 1878 Salon. The composition is daringly photographic: the horizon is unusually high, allowing the hay "like a very pale yellow cloth shot with silver" to fill the main part of the canvas. The effects of accelerated perspective, the light palette, and close framing of the figures are signs of modernity within the naturalist approach. [Musée d’Orsay]
Sleeps with clenched fists while
The tedder, faint and fuddled, tanned by the sun,
Sits vacantly dreaming beside him […]. "