Field Handmaiden: Brabant

Field Handmaiden: Brabant

George H. Boughton, A.R.A..

Oil on canvas

Exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1884

Source: Magazine of Art, which comments that "Mr. Boughton's chief Academy work Field Handmaiden: Brabant . . .is instinct with genuine and peculiar power. The Field Handmaiden, despite her designation, is a robust toiler, untouched by any of the idealism with which the subject has long been invested. She is depicted in all the vigour of rude health; her stride expresses her native energy, her bearing the unconstrained freedom of nature. In relation to the landscape the treatment of the figure is thoroughly expressive of modernism; it is of first importance in the composition, but the landscape may not be dissociated from it" (397). [Commentary continues below.]

  • Haystack, houses, and trees at right
  • Woman and child tending a fire at upper left
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