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Eugène Carrière, 'Winding Wool', 1887

Key facts
Full title Winding Wool
Artist Eugène Carrière
Artist dates 1849 - 1906
Date made 1887
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 59.7 × 73.3 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit On loan from Tate: Presented by Mrs R.M. Dunlop 1927
Inventory number L692
Location Not on display
Image copyright On loan from Tate: Presented by Mrs R.M. Dunlop 1927, © 2000 Tate
Collection Main Collection
Winding Wool
Eugène Carrière

The sitters are the artist's wife and his eldest daughter, Elise, born in 1878. Only the barest indication of a setting is given, such as the chairs and vase of flowers. This work is painted in the artist's characteristic style, with the figures emerging out of a shadowy atmosphere. Although the painting is a family portrait, the subject of winding wool may also symbolise the ties between a mother and daughter.

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