Elmer Boyd Smith
Haystacks in a Brittany Landscape
Oil on canvas
15 x 21 inches
Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS
Smith was born in St. John, in the province of New Brunswick, Canada, and grew up in Boston. From 1881 until 1897, he lived mostly in France, studying in Paris at the AcadÃ©mie Julian, and residing in the early 1890s in the tiny hamlet of Volombre. Here Smith captures the play of light on a quiet scene of haystacks and orderly homes, united visually by their red-pitched roofs. Both through the golden light that filters across the scene and the neat rows of buildings set against a lush landscape of fields and forests, Smith produced an iconic image of a tranquil French village at dawn.
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