Fromentin depicts the close of the working day as colorfully garbed peasants drag their implements toward an oxcart heavily laden with their harvest. Smoke curls from a chimney in the distance, suggesting the additional reward of a warm hearth. Although Fromentin usually painted exotic scenes of an archaic North Africa, such pastoral images of the French countryside appealed to an increasingly mechanized society.
Oil on cradled panel
12 3/8 x 19 15/16 in. (31.4 x 50.6 cm) (show scale)
Signed and dated lower right: "1851 Eug. Fromentin"
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Bequest of William H. Herriman
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Eugène Fromentin (French, 1820-1876). The Reapers, 1851. Oil on cradled panel, 12 3/8 x 19 15/16 in. (31.4 x 50.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of William H. Herriman, 21.124 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 21.124_SL1.jpg)
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