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  •  “Peasant Woman”, oil painting on canvas | Walter Nettleton (American, 1861-1936)
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“Peasant Woman”, oil painting on canvas | Walter Nettleton (American, 1861-1936)

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A Peasant Girl at the Fields, in oil on canvas, signed lower left
Item # 807WNE21Z

This is a fine painting by Walter Eben Nettleton capturing a peasant girl looking over the fields of wheat at the end of the day.  There is a tonalism quality to the work that allows each layer of the background to slowly meld into the next; there is a complexity to the colors that is not evident upon first glance and only slowly unwraps.  The wheat field in the distance is notable in the way the stalks catch the light as it reflects through the head of the grain as the young woman looks on with a certain weariness of expression.  It remains in original unrestored condition with a certain yellowing of the varnish that can be conserved upon request (though this process can take in excess of six months depending on our conservator’s schedule).

Born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1861, Walter Eben Nettleton studied at Yale University, graduating in 1883.  The Yale University Art Gallery holds one of his paintings in their permanent collection, a study of a young peasant woman knitting in a green pasture (acc. no. 1908.1).  He studied under Lefebvre, Boulanger, Carolus Duran and Alexander Harrison; he exibited at Salon in Paris and received Honorable Mention in 1892.

Measurements:  38 1/2 W x 1 3/4 D x 44 1/2 H [frame]; 34 1/8 W x 40 1/8 H [canvas]

Condition Report:
In original unrestored condition - some yellowing to varnish, would benefit from being cleaned and we can arrange this with our conservator (contact us for a quote on cost and timing prior to purchasing); should also be keyed out in the corners.  Early frame, possibly original.