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Petanque Players in Brittany

A work made of graphite on cream wove paper, laid down on off-white wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of graphite on cream wove paper, laid down on off-white wove paper.

Date:

1890

Artist:

Charles Laval
French, 1862-1894

About this artwork

This drawing of the French lawn game pétanque shows bowlers in the countryside of Brittany. Their traditional costume appealed to Laval, who had been born and raised in Paris. City dwellers frequently traveled to Brittany in search of a preindustrial age, and it was there that Laval met Paul Gauguin. The two stayed at the same guesthouse in 1886 and—in an extension of their search for the otherworldly—they traveled to Panama and Martinique together in 1887. The friendship came to an end, however, when both artists developed feelings for Madeleine Bernard. Laval married her, but he died from tuberculosis just a few years later.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Charles Laval

Title

Petanque Players in Brittany

Origin

France

Date

1890

Medium

Graphite on cream wove paper, laid down on off-white wove paper

Inscriptions

Signed lower right, in graphite: "1890- / CL"

Dimensions

272 × 412 mm (primary support); 280 × 430 mm (secondary support)

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2013.967

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