Paintings of figures in picturesque Italian costumes were very popular in nineteenth-century France. Decamps produced this image several years after returning from a stay in Rome during the mid-1830s. He emphasizes the coarseness of the rustic figure and setting through muted colors and textured surfaces, particularly visible in the thickly painted white plaster wall.
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||15 5/8 x 12 1/2 in. (39.7 x 31.8 cm) Frame: 24 5/8 x 21 1/2 x 3 in. (62.5 x 54.6 x 7.6 cm)|
|Acquisition||Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1944|
Gabriel Alexandre Decamps, Italian Peasant, 1842, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.702.
Lees, Sarah, ed. Nineteenth-Century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; New Haven and London: distributed by Yale University Press, 2012.
Émile Gaillard (by 1855–1904, his sale, Georges Petit, Paris, 7 June 1904, no. 10, ill., as Paysan italien, sold to Arnold and Tripp); [Arnold and Tripp, Paris, from 1904]; [Wildenstein, New York, sold to Clark, 1 Nov. 1944, as Le Voyageur]; Robert Sterling Clark (1944–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.