This work is thought to be another version of Poor Fisherman (1881) now in the Museé d'Orsay. Chavannes revived a sense of monumentality in painting by taking essentially traditional forms and simplifying and subduing their structure. His palette was limited to gray, blue, ochre and green, which were then mixed with white to lend his paintings a fresco-like image. Taking as his base the intersection between the broad expanse of the horizon and the vertical form of his figures, Chavannes conjures images of a biblical world that evoke a religious, poetic sensibility in the hearts of his viewers. (Source: Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2009, cat. no. 94)


  • Title: Poor Fisherman
  • Date Created: Undated
  • Location Created: France
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings: Signed lower right: P. Puvis de Chavannes
  • Provenance: Kojiro Matsukata; Sequestered by the French Government, 1944; Returned to Japan, 1959.
  • Physical Dimensions: w686 x h1058 mm
  • Painter: Pierre Puvis de Chavannes
  • Object title (Japanese): 貧しき漁夫
  • Object notes (Japanese): この作品はパリのオルセー美術館の《貧しき漁夫》(1881年)の異作と考えられる。1880年代前半といえば印象派の画家たちが盛んに展覧会を開いて世論に対抗する時期であるが、ピュヴィ・ド・シャヴァンヌはむしろ伝統的な形態をとって、これを単純化し、静止的な構図に収めて、絵画のモニュメンタリティの回復をはかる。その色彩はしばしば灰色、青、オーカー、緑に限られ、いつも白をまぜてフレスコ風の効果をあげた。ここでも遠くひろがる水平線と人物の垂直線との交叉を土台として、河岸の線がジグザグに画面を切って装飾的なおおらかさを出す。舟の中に眠る幼児や漁夫の姿は、特定の伝説や物語に基づくものではないが、聖書や聖人伝の世界を想わせ、単なる描写を越えた宗教的あるいは詩的な感興を、見る者の胸に喚び起こすのである。(出典: 国立西洋美術館名作選. 東京, 国立西洋美術館, 2006. cat. no. 94)
  • Artist Name (Japanese): ピュヴィ・ド・シャヴァンヌ、ピエール
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: Matsukata Collection, http://www.nmwa.go.jp/en/information/privacy.html
  • External Link: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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