An Egyptian Peasant Woman and Her Child
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When it was exhibited in the Salon of 1870, this painting was recognized as a departure from the historical and mythological works that Bonnat had shown previously. The artist is said to have based its subject on a woman and child he had seen in Egypt the prior year, during the opening ceremony of the Suez Canal. First celebrated in Paris, the painting continued to garner praise after John Wolfe acquired it and brought it to New York. It was reproduced on the cover of the art review The Aldine in August 1875 and was included in the Centennial Loan Exhibition, held at the New York Historical Society in 1876. Bought by Catharine Lorillard Wolfe at the auction of her cousin’s collection in 1882 and bequeathed to the Metropolitan five years later, upon its debut at the Museum it was deemed "a true and vital portrait of two clearly realized individuals [with] a wonderful dignity, sobriety, strength, and beauty."
Owner/Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, NY  (United States - New York)
Dates: 1869-1870
Artist age:Approximately 37 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 186 cm (73.23 in.), Width: 105 cm (41.34 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member Opusnight on 05 September 2012.
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