117 W Burd St. Shippensburg, PA 17257 United States 717.708.9017
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$ 5,650

“Preparing the Plow” French Antique Barbizon Painting by Charles Emile Jacque

Documentation Signed
Origin France
Period 19th Century
Materials Paint, Hand-Painted, Wood
W. 20.25 in; H. 16.75 in; D. 3.38 in;
W. 51.44 cm; H. 42.55 cm; D. 8.59 cm;
Condition Good.
Description A glimpse into the struggles of the 19th century, this fine Barbizon scene by Charles Emilé Jacque discards with the romance and nostalgia of peasantry to capture a young farmer together with his plow stuck in the mud. His pair of work-horses stand idly by while he frees the plow.

Jacque's interest in detail and anatomical accuracy of his animals is evident even in this scene, where the horses are perhaps secondary in subject but primary in presence: note the intricate attention shown to their saddles, the rope work, the shadows playing over the musculature of their bodies and faces.

Far from a gloomy repudiation of struggle, the artist shows joy in the face of struggle. He depicts the farmer as tidy and focused, bathed in sunlight under a bright cheery sky. It is a commitment to realism and accuracy, a celebration of work and a historical snapshot of a time where labor was difficult.

Measurements: 9 5/8" H x 13 1/8" W [canvas]; 16 3/4" H x 20 1/4" W [frame]

Condition Report:
Original restored frame with minor cracks, oxidization and losses - overall remaining in excellent condition. Clean vibrant surface. Light surface craquelure throughout. Under UV showing inpainting/touchups of perhaps 5% of surface.
Styles / Movements Barbizon/Tonalism
Dealer Reference Number 905HQW22A
Incollect Reference Number 325158
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