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Title The Broken Pitcher
Original Translation La Cruche Casée
Collection Dudley Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to Poole, Paul Falconer (British painter, 1807-1879)
Previously attributed to Greuze, Jean-Baptiste (French painter and draftsman, 1725-1805)
Date Earliest probably about 1830
Date Latest probably about 1850
Description This is a copy after a famous original composition, dating from 1763, by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, now in the Louvre. The theme is the loss of virginity represented by the broken pitcher. Here, however, the pitcher has been cropped out of the composition, leaving the image of a young girl, half length, wearing a white dress with pink flowers on the bodice and a diaphanous swathe of fabric around her neck. The dress is falling undone to reveal the left breast. Her right arm supports the handle of a pitcher which may be seen in Greuze's original but here is cropped out of the composition. She has a Greuze type face and bears a melancholy expression. Greuze's images of young girls often showed them with huge, upturned eyes, expressing intense emotion or grief. Here, the girl's soft, melancholy expression is thought to relate to the theme of lost innocence as suggested by the image of the broken pitcher.
Current Accession Number BR8
Subject figure (young girl); allegory (lost virtue)
Measurements 73 x 60 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Brooke Robinson 1911.
Notes Currently attributed to Paul Falconer Poole who exhibited at the Royal Academy 65 times between 1830 and 1879.
Rights Owner The Trustees of the Brooke Robinson Museum, Dudley Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth



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