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Throughout his career, Harpignies maintained close ties with artists and friends in his native town of Valenciennes. He also had a studio in Paris and in 1883 signed a contract with the Parisian firm of Arnold and Tripp that freed him from the management and sale of his work. The present painting, inspired by a passage from the poetry of Victor Hugo, was commissioned by the artist’s dealers, who presented the canvas to the Museum in 1886. Harpignies treated the romantic theme with characteristic directness, in a style influenced by Barbizon painters.

Credit: Gift of Arnold and Tripp, 1886

Oil on canvas
87.6 x 163.2cm
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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