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Italian Peasant

Gabriel Alexandre Decamps

French, 1803–1860

Italian Peasant


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)
Object Number 1955.702
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1944
Status Off View

Image Caption

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.