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Adolf von Becker: French Interior, 1877


Adolf von Becker studied in France but spent a great deal of time in Swedish-speaking Ostrobothnia, a rich source of ideas for his rural interiors. Some are tableaux of everyday lifebuilt into beautiful compositions while others are more thematic. In the manner of genre paintings, these record details and materials with an anthropologist’s eye, idealizing the figures and underlining their hardworking, dignified character. The location of the scene depicted in this cheerful painting is somewhere in France and is similar to another painting on a similar theme set in Ostrobothnia. The painting was purchased for the Imperial Palace at a Paris Salon exhibition in 1878.