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Fisher Girl of Picardy

1889 Elizabeth Nourse Born: Mount Healthy, Ohio 1859 Died: Paris, France 1938 oil on canvas 46 3/4 x 32 1/4 in. (118.7 x 82.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Elizabeth Pilling 1915.3.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 15A


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Fisher Girl of Picardy

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In the summer of 1889, Elizabeth Nourse traveled with her sister Louise and their Cincinnati friend Anna Schmidt around northern France. It was a bitterly cold day when Nourse painted this scene, and Anna later wrote: “I was with Elizabeth when she painted that girl on the Etaples Dunes---it was so cold and windy the model used to weep.” The model’s pink cheeks and limbs suggest the discomfort of the blustery coastal air that particular day. (Burke, “The Rediscovery of Elizabeth Nourse,” Queen City Heritage: The Journal of the Cincinnati Historical Society, Spring 1983)

Keywords

Ethnic - French

Figure group - female and child

Landscape - coast

Landscape - France - Picardy

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Elizabeth Nourse

Born: Mount Healthy, Ohio 1859 Died: Paris, France 1938

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