Brittany Landscape

Media - 1982.68 - SAAM-1982.68_1 - 6934
Copied H. Bolton Jones, Brittany Landscape, 1877, oil on canvas, 16 1422 in. (41.355.9 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Russell E. Burke III, 1982.68
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Artwork Details

Brittany Landscape
16 1422 in. (41.355.9 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Russell E. Burke III
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Figure female — full length
  • Landscape — season — summer
  • Landscape — tree
  • Landscape — France — Brittany
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Artwork Description

In 1876, Hugh Bolton Jones joined the American artists' colony on the north coast of France at Pont-Aven, Brittany. There Jones and the other artists often painted outdoors, attempting to capture the light on the landscape. The Bretons welcomed the artists into their community and frequently posed as models. In this image, Jones used muted colors to evoke the changing light and shadows cast by trees over a field. His detailed brushwork, seen in the cluster of trees framing the woman, draws the viewer's attention to the quiet beauty of this bucolic setting.