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This is probably the most popular painting in the entire collection. Even though it was painted quite early in Clausen’s career, it shows many of the themes that he subsequently developed in his work. One of the most striking things about the picture is the way it contrasts rich and poor, giving a hint of where the artist’s true interests lay. His pictures of working people, truthfully showing the harsh realities of rural life, later established his high reputation.
oil on canvas
H 100 x W 130.5 cm
gift through the Aitken Bequest