Works inspired by Brittany

The Washerwomen of the night

Yan'DARGENT (1824-1899)

1888

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Yan’'Dargent (1824-1899) - Les Lavandières de la nuit, vers 1861 - Huile sur toile, 49 x 73 cm - Musée des beaux-arts de Quimper © Musée des beaux-arts de Quimper

Oil on canvas

55-63

Gifted by the artist’s family in 1899

H. 75 cm - L. 151,2 cm

This is Yan’ Dargent’s representation of a famous legend heard during his childhood in Léon.  On All Saints Day, the washerwomen were washing their shrouds on a moonless night.  Misfortune fell upon the miscreant who ventured outside and came across them.  They invited him to wring the linen with them, but they wrung with so much force that they broke his bones.  Yan’ Dargent has a special place in Breton painting, because of his liking for legends and fantasy.

Works inspired by Brittany

The Washerwomen of the night

Yan'DARGENT (1824-1899)

1888

Enlarge picture jpg 250Ko (See the caption hereafter) (modal window)
Yan’'Dargent (1824-1899) - Les Lavandières de la nuit, vers 1861 - Huile sur toile, 49 x 73 cm - Musée des beaux-arts de Quimper © Musée des beaux-arts de Quimper

Oil on canvas

55-63

Gifted by the artist’s family in 1899

H. 75 cm - L. 151,2 cm

This is Yan’ Dargent’s representation of a famous legend heard during his childhood in Léon.  On All Saints Day, the washerwomen were washing their shrouds on a moonless night.  Misfortune fell upon the miscreant who ventured outside and came across them.  They invited him to wring the linen with them, but they wrung with so much force that they broke his bones.  Yan’ Dargent has a special place in Breton painting, because of his liking for legends and fantasy.

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