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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.




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.


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Charles Laval


Petanque Players in Brittany


France (Artist's nationality:)

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


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


Primary support: 27.2 × 41.2 cm (10 3/4 × 16 1/4 in.); Secondary support: 28 × 43 cm (11 1/16 × 16 15/16 in.)

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

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