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Title The Farmyard
Collection McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock
Artist Hervier, Louis Adolphe (French painter and printmaker, 1818-1879)
Date Earliest possibly about 1840
Date Latest possibly about 1879
Signed yes
Description Hervier, a painter and a printmaker, was the son of a classical painter who had been trained in David's studio. A less successful artist and one of the least known of the Barbizon generation, he appeared in the Salon on only four occasions, 1849, 1850, 1852, and 1855. He was at times reduced to painting backgrounds for other artists but he did receive praise from Gautier in 1856, the de Goncourt brothers and later Roger Marx, who described him as a ‘grand petit-maitre'. This landscape is a rare example of his work showing a farmyard with thatched cottage, a well and a woman feeding hens in the foreground. Although Hervier often worked outdoors, he completed his pictures in the studio, and this was probably the case with this work. Very few of his works are in public collections, and Hervier's significance in French nineteenth-century studies is understated due to the difficulty in locating documentation on his life and career.
Current Accession Number 1977.886
Inscription front lr 'Al HERVIER'
Subject landscape
Measurements 28.8 x 46.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Sir William Burrell 1940.
Provenance R. Hope Robertson?
Principal Exhibitions Auld Alliance, McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock, 2002-03; Gifts to Glasgow & Greenock, Collins Gallery, Glasgow, 1984; (?) Glasgow International Exhibition, Glasgow, 1901; Paintings 1700-1900, McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock, Mar 2004-05; Past Masters, McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock, 2001.
Notes Hervier's French Farmyard was exhibited in the Glasgow International Exhibition of 1901, lent by R. Hope Robertson and could be this painting.
Rights Owner McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Inverclyde Council
Author Dr Georgia Toutziari




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