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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.

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Ivory;wood (core);iron (lock and keyhole)

Randall 1993: North Italian (Savoy?), 1390-1410. The shape and painted ornament indicate that a Sicilian model was being imitated.

Acquired by Raymond Pitcairn in 1927.

R. H. Randall, The Golden Age of Ivory: Gothic Ivory Carvings in North American Collections (New York, 1993), no. 214.


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