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Painting Title Oxen Ploughing at Evening
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to French School
Attributed to Belgian School
Previously attributed to Brascassat, Jacques Raymond (French painter, 1804-1867)
Date Earliest about 1850
Date Latest possibly about 1880
Description A pair of oxen followed by a man is depicted ploughing at sunset. The original attribution to Brascassat, which is clearly wrong due to the painting's style, was probably based on a misreading of an indistinctive signature, that used to be in the lower left corner, according to the note in the acquisition book of the York Art Gallery, but is not now visible. Judging from the style it was created by an artist influenced by the Barbizon School; it is also possible that the painting is actually not French, but Belgian, as similar pictures were painted by the artists of so-called School of Tervueren (called the 'Belgian Barbizon'), established in the second half of the 19th century by the painter Hippolyte Boulenger. In this case one of the possible artists could be Jules Raeymaekers (1833-1904).
Current Accession Number YORAG : 210
Subject landscape; figure; animal (ox)
Measurements 35.6 x 48.9 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Major R.W. Richardson 1916.
Publications York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. III: English and European 19th and 20th centuries, The Reserve Collection, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1974, p. 118 as probably French c. 1850; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 283 as French school.
Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka



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