Pierre Puvis de Chavannes French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800

Men grind grain while citizens of all ages prepare cider, one of the traditional beverages of the northern French province of Picardy. This painting and The River (on view nearby) are studies for the left and right sides of Puvis’s mural Ave Picardia Nutrix (Hail, Picardy, the Nourisher). Made for the newly constructed Musée de Picardie in Amiens in 1864, the paintings celebrate the region’s abundant natural resources and its idealized, distant past. Puvis’s decorations for the museum launched his career as a preeminent painter of murals for state buildings in France.

#6012. Cider

Cider, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (French, Lyons 1824–1898 Paris), Oil on paper, laid down on canvas

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