The Shepherd's Song

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800

Puvis adapted this composition from a mural that he made for the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyons. The pipe-playing shepherd and draped figures pay homage to the poetry and grace of classical antiquity, which Puvis revered as the epitome of beauty. Their rhythmic poses and absorbed demeanor impart a mood of dreamlike serenity to the scene. Pale colors, minimal modeling, and limited detail create an effect of great simplicity and restraint. Puvis’s work inspired numerous younger artists eager for alternatives to Impressionism, including Paul Gauguin and Georges Seurat.

#6019. The Shepherd's Song

The Shepherd's Song, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (French, Lyons 1824–1898 Paris), Oil on canvas

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