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Theodore Robinson
La Vachère
about 1888
oil
30 1/4 x 20 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of William T. Evans



While in France, Theodore Robinson painted several traditional scenes of a peasant girl tending a cow; the title of the painting translates as “cowherd.” An excerpt from a poem by Robinson reveals his romanticized view of the subject: "O tranquil sunny days, care-free! / Be sure yours is an envied lot, / Prim little girl with the gentle cows."