Landscape with Gypsies and Washerwomen

Creation date
oil on canvas
33-3/8 x 40-3/4 in.
Credit line
James E. Roberts Fund
Accession number
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William L. and Jane H. Fortune Gallery - H214

In this brooding landscape, populated by gypsies and washerwomen, Magnasco contrasts industry and idleness, civilization and nature. His highly individual manner of painting-sketchily brushed, with flickering effects of light and shadow-lends a peculiar sense of anguish and impermanence to the scene.

This type of landscape, in which the human condition finds its reflection in nature, was popularized by Salvator Rosa during the 17th century.  It was seen by contemporaries as the antithesis of the ideal landscape tradition articulated by Claude.

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