This colorful oil on canvas painting by the French painter, Jean-Louis De Marne, is from the late 18th century.
De Marne was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1752. At the age of 12, De Marne moved to Paris where he later began painting subjects of a historical nature. After finding more success with paintings that included animals, De Marne began to concentrate on landscapes and genre paintings, which depict people performing everyday tasks.
Everyday life is exactly what is depicted in this quaint pastoral scene. A row of trees lines a cobblestoned street outside of a walled town. There are a few people in the background walking down the street, including a woman holding a jug on her head.
The foreground includes a herd of cows in a field behind the trees. A tribe of goats gathers at the base of one of the trees while dogs run around them. A woman holding a baby walks across the paved street. A young boy is guiding a cow towards the entrance of the town. Outside of the entrance, a man in a hat talks to a woman sitting against the wall, while some poultry peck the ground nearby.
The sharp colors, most noticeably green, blue and cream, accentuate the painting. The light from the sky, contrasted to the ground covered in the trees’ shadows, gives the painting a sense of realism. A gilded wood frame surrounds the canvas, putting the finishing touches on a vividly colored piece of art.
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