Fisher Girl of Picardy

  • Elizabeth Nourse, Fisher Girl of Picardy, 1889, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Elizabeth Pilling, 1915.3.1

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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)

Title
Fisher Girl of Picardy
Artist
Date
1889
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
46 3/4 x 32 1/4 in. (118.7 x 82.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Elizabeth Pilling

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Ethnic – French
  • Figure group – female and child
  • Landscape – coast
  • Landscape – France – Picardy
Object Number
1915.3.1
Palette
Linked Open Data
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