The Cowgirl

 
Artist
Creation date
Materials
oil on canvas
Mark Descriptions
signed with monogram L.R.: MAVD
Dimensions
7-7/8 x 11 in. (canvas) 13-5/8 x 16-5/16 x ~ 2-1/4 in. (framed)
Credit line
Samuel Josefowitz Collection of the School of Pont-Aven, through the generosity of Lilly Endowment Inc., the Josefowitz Family, Mr. and Mrs. James M. Cornelius, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard J. Betley, Lori and Dan Efroymson, and other Friends of the Museum
Accession number
1998.176
Collection
Currently On View In
Jane H. Fortune Gallery -

In this small image, Denis created a clever layering of the girl, spotted cow, golden wheat field, waves, and distant shore. Typical of the Pont-Aven style, their rolling lines and rounded shapes assume decorative patterns. Taking liberties with color, Denis rendered the girl's coiffe in pink rather than white.

Denis was also a theoretician of painting, and this canvas embodies his most famous observation: Remember that a painting, before being a battle horse, a nude woman, or some anecdote - is essentially a flat surface covered with colors assembled in a certain order.

(Galerie La Cave, Paris); purchased by Samuel Josefowitz, Pully-Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1979-80; acquired as a partial gift, partial purchase, by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1998 (1998.176).
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