"Preparing the Plow", oil on canvas | Charles Emilé Jacque
ITEM #: 905HQW22A
"PREPARING THE PLOW" BY CHARLES EMILÉ JACQUE (FRENCH, 1813-1894)
Signed lower left "E. Jacque", housed in original restored frame
Item # 905HQW22A
A glimpse into the struggles of the 19th century, this fine Barbizon scene by Charles Emilé Jacque discards with the romance and nostalgia of peasantry to capture a young farmer together with his plow stuck in the mud. His pair of work-horses stand idly by while he frees the plow.
Jacque's interest in detail and anatomical accuracy of his animals is evident even in this scene, where the horses are perhaps secondary in subject but primary in presence: note the intricate attention shown to their saddles, the rope work, the shadows playing over the musculature of their bodies and faces.
Far from a gloomy repudiation of struggle, the artist shows joy in the face of struggle. He depicts the farmer as tidy and focused, bathed in sunlight under a bright cheery sky. It is a commitment to realism and accuracy, a celebration of work and a historical snapshot of a time where labor was difficult.
Measurements: 9 5/8" H x 13 1/8" W [canvas]; 16 3/4" H x 20 1/4" W [frame]
Original restored frame with minor cracks, oxidization and losses - overall remaining in excellent condition. Clean vibrant surface. Light surface craquelure throughout. Under UV showing inpainting/touchups of perhaps 5% of surface.