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In this work of around 1890, the still life and domestic activity look back to seventeenth-century Dutch genre scenes. Carrière observed that 'a painting is the logical development of light'. His chiaroscuro, from which figures and motifs seem to emerge, recalls the soft focus of contemporary sepia photographs. This dream-like quality invites comparison with music and the avant-garde poetic ideas of Paul Verlaine.
oil on canvas
H 35.5 x W 27.6 cm
NMW A 2436
bequeathed by Gwendoline Davies, 1951
Label: CARRIERE. Le Bain de Pieds Frame: Label: TITLE OF PICTURE: Le Bain de Pieds ARTIST: Carr... Label: CARRIERE. Le Bain de Pie.s. Stretcher: 1184L Label: No.79842 E.Carriere Le bain de pieds F 12000u Label: (hidden) EXHIBITED Inscribed: NMW 52.139 h. DEWEIES Not signed or dated