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In this painting a farm girl is depicted dressing in a bedroom that is part of a building also housing farm animals. The cow in the background peers over the partition as the girl laces up her clothing. The brightly coloured fabric of her skirt warms the dark barn.
Recent conservation work has revealed the shadow of a cockerel, which the artist later painted out, in the foreground. The cockerel, a symbol of lust, suggests that the artist may have originally intended a voyeuristic twist to the scene.
Farm Girl at Her Toilet, Lacing Her Corset
oil on canvas
H 44.4 x W 40.6 cm
bequeathed by the Founders, 1885