Going to Market, Brittany

Charles Laval1888

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields


  • Title: Going to Market, Brittany
  • Date Created: 1888
  • Type: oil paintings
  • Rights: Samuel Josefowitz Collection of the School of Pont-Aven, through the generosity of Lilly Endowment Inc., the Josefowitz Family, Mr. and Mrs. James M. Cornelius, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard J. Betley, Lori and Dan Efroymson, and other Friends of the Museum
  • External Link: http://www.imamuseum.org/mercury/load-artwork/14975
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • wall label: The Pont-Aven artists often painted aspects of daily life in Brittany. In this animated scene, a couple rides to market in a wagon, as strong winds lift the woman's white collar and threaten to toss the bystander's hat. Laval, whose profile appears in the adjacent canvas by Gauguin, painted this image during the pivotal summer of 1888, when Gauguin and Bernard developed their Pont-Aven style. The arbitrary use of bright red and green in the flattened background, and the dark borders outlining the figures, demonstrate his mastery of their new decorative approach.
  • measurements: 14 3/4 x 18 1/8 in. 22 1/4 x 26 5/8 x 2 1/8 in. (framed)
  • Artist: Laval, Charles


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