A young woman in Breton costume, kneeling
inscrbed by the artist ‘12’, and by a later hand ‘44’ (upper right)
graphite on light brown paper
1258 x 934 in. (32 x 25 cm)
with Borghi & Co., New York.
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This study was made for The Vow in Sainte Anne-d’Auray, a painting presented at the Salon of 1870 (no. 335) and today in a private collection (D. Bartoli, with F. Ross, William Bouguereau. Catalogue Raisonné of his Painted Work, New York, 2010, no. 1869/19, ill.). The painting depicts two Breton young women, in traditional costume kneeling in prayer at the basilica of Sainte-Anne-d’Auray, a well-known pilgrimage site in the Quiberon Bay, in the south of the Morbihan region of Brittany.
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