Study for "An Aragonese Smuggler"

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1881

Artist:

William Turner Dannat
American, 1853–1929

About this artwork

This is a preparatory study for a large-scale, full-length composition of a peasant boy stealing a drink from a pitcher. William Turner Dannat trained in Munich and later in Paris, drawing inspiration from 17th-century Spanish masters like Diego Velázquez, as did his teachers, including the Hungarian painter Mihály Munkácsy. Dannat’s realist style, characterized by loose, expressive brushstrokes, is evident in both this study and in the final painting. The French government purchased An Aragonese Smuggler (1883; Château de Blérancourt) when it was first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1883. This study is one of the Art Institute’s earliest acquisitions, entering the collection in 1887.

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American Art, Gallery 175

Artist

William Turner Dannat

Title

Study for "An Aragonese Smuggler"

Origin

United States

Date

1881

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, upper right: "W.T. Dannat."

Dimensions

81.6 × 59.7 cm (32 1/8 × 23 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the artist

Reference Number

1887.231

Extended information about this artwork

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