Peasant Woman with Cows

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    Peasant Woman with Cows

    Alfred Roll (1846-1919)

    Signed and dedicated bottom right: à Rodin / Roll

    The painter Alfred Roll was among Rodin’s early supporters. He commissioned a portrait of his wife from the sculptor in 1883 and purchased many of his most beautiful “black drawings.” Roll gave Rodin this signed and dedicated painting, identifiable in period photographs of the Meudon studio. The sculptor, who already owned two large charcoal drawings by Roll, sent him a bronze cast of Eternal Springtime in exchange.
    Roll’s painting recalls the naturalistic “plein-air” style of Jules Bastien-Lepage and features the same, almost square format with a very high horizon line. The overhead view of the peasant woman heightens the sense of the figure’s fragility, while the cows are merged into a single block, forming a compact mass. The field, a blend of mud and green grass, is like a painting in its own right.

     

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    Musée Rodin - Meudon, villa des Brillants, ground floor

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    Completion date :

    About 1885

    Dimensions :

    H. 208 cm; W. 216 cm

    Materials :

    Oil on canvas

    Inventory number :

    P.07339

    Credits :

    © Photographic Agency of musée Rodin - Jérome Manoukian

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    • Peasant Woman with Cows(zip, 623.4 ko)