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The Footbath

Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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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.

National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff




oil on canvas


H 35.5 x W 27.6 cm

Accession number

NMW A 2436

Acquisition method

bequeathed by Gwendoline Davies, 1951

Work type


Inscription description

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


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National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park, Cardiff (Caerdydd) CF10 3NP Wales

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