The Baker's Cart

Jean Michelin French

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Peasants and popular life in rural settings were common subjects in seventeenth-century painting, though Michelin situates his figures—which include a baker and his cart, an old woman offering medicinal eau-de-vie, and a boy with a basket—in an urban context. Little is known about Michelin, whose subjects relate to the more famous brothers Le Nain, but this painting has served as a fixed point in defining his oeuvre since his signature and a date were discovered during a cleaning of this canvas in the late 1920s.

The Baker's Cart, Jean Michelin (French, ca. 1616–1670), Oil on canvas

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