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A Young Woman of the Valley of Ossau with Her Child

Photo credit: The Bowes Museum

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A student of Anne-Louis Girodet, Devéria was better known for his history paintings and portraits. He also had a keen interest in documenting regional and period costumes, however. This is demonstrated in this painting for the Salon of 1848 by the attention to detail in the richly coloured clothes and headdresses of the mother and child. Behind are the dramatic mountains of the Pyrenees to confirm the provincial locality. The figures' decorative dress and the sentimentality of their expressions, nonetheless tend more to the romantic tastes of contemporary Paris than as a realistic record of peasant life.

The Bowes Museum

Barnard Castle




oil on canvas


H 129.2 x W 97.3 cm

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bequeathed by the Founders, 1885

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Barnard Castle, County Durham DL12 8NP England

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