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Peasants and “Primitivism”

French Prints from Millet to Gauguin

Robert L. Herbert
96 pages

This catalogue examines a significant aspect of 19th-century French culture-- the fascination with peasants, rustic ways, and the perceived social harmony of agrarian communities.  The distinction between city and country assumed a new and powerful set of meanings after the Revolution of 1848.  During succeeding decades the realities of rural life shifted, as did the artistic representation of them.