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Girl in Field with Turkeys (La Dindonnière)

Camille Jacob Pissarro

European Art

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Camille Pissarro produced many fan designs in the last decades of the nineteenth century, when Japanese and Japanese-inspired arts were very popular in Europe. Fan designs were fine art collectibles, available at lower prices than oil paintings. They were a reliable if tedious source of income, as described by Pissarro in an 1885 letter: “I’ve got to slog away at some fans, since times are hard and for the moment, they’re the only things that can find takers.”

For his fan designs, a form identified with luxury commodities, Pissarro often chose rural subjects such as the scene depicted here—images of lives in contrast with those of the fashionable urban women who used actual fans or hung decorative ones in their homes.
MEDIUM Opaque watercolor over graphite on silk mounted on paper
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1885
    DIMENSIONS 18 1/2 × 31 in. (47 × 78.7 cm) frame: 19 1/2 × 32 × 2 1/2 in. (49.5 × 81.3 × 6.4 cm) a59.28: wood mat with fan shape cut out: 14 7/8 × 27 1/8 in. (37.8 × 68.9 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower left (in pink): "C. Pissarro. 1885"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Edwin C. Vogel
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Camille Jacob Pissarro (Saint Thomas, (former Danish West Indies), 1830–1903, Paris, France). Girl in Field with Turkeys (La Dindonnière), 1885. Opaque watercolor over graphite on silk mounted on paper, 18 1/2 × 31 in. (47 × 78.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Edwin C. Vogel, 59.28 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 59.28_cropped_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, cropped, 59.28_cropped_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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