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Adolphe Monticelli, 'The Hayfield', probably 1860-80

Key facts
Full title The Hayfield
Artist Adolphe Monticelli
Artist dates 1824 - 1886
Date made probably 1860-80
Medium and support Oil on wood, probably mahogany
Dimensions 21.6 × 43.8 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Sir Hugh Lane Bequest, 1917, The National Gallery, London. In partnership with Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin.
Inventory number NG3263
Location On loan: Long Loan to The Hugh Lane (2019 - 2031), Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin, Ireland
Collection Main Collection
The Hayfield
Adolphe Monticelli

Two peasant women and a child stand on the left, and black and white cart horses on the right. In the background two wagons are fully loaded with hay, and a dog perches on top of the one in the centre. The skyline of a village is shown in the distance.

Monticelli made a number of paintings of peasants at work in the fields, both in his native Provence and elsewhere in France. After spending several years in Paris, he returned to Provence in 1871, where he seems to have rediscovered a deep interest in landscape. The Hayfield may have been painted around this moment, but it is not known where this particular harvest scene is set.

The painting was acquired through the Sir Hugh Lane Bequest in 1917, which is currently on long-term loan to Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.

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