The Movings

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1822

Artist:

Louis Léopold Boilly
French, 1761-1845

About this artwork

In this picture, several families, unable to pay rent, move their households through the streets of Paris in search of new shelter. The tension of this social drama is expressed by the contradictory elements of the setting—to the left is the church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli in Rome. Most of the figures in the composition travel away from the Roman church. The owners of the principal wagon, however, a humble family that appears to have come from the provinces to make a fortune in Paris, move toward the distant mirage of the church. This juxtaposition alludes to the futility of such efforts in the grim urban and political realities of the time.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 220

Artist

Louis-Léopold Boilly

Title

The Movings

Origin

France

Date

1822

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed lower right: L. Boilly 1822

Dimensions

28 3/4 × 36 1/8 in. (73 × 92 cm)

Credit Line

Harold L. Stuart Fund

Reference Number

1982.494

Extended information about this artwork

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