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Walter Gay
Novembre, Etaples
about 1885
43 1/2 x 64 1/2 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Like many American artists of the Gilded Age, Walter Gay worked in France most of his career. There he was impressed with the dignity of the simple rural life and often painted peasants in the French countryside. Étaples was a small maritime village on the north coast, populated by fishermen and farmers.