Saturday, 21 June 2008

Guet - an idealised vision

Earlier Oscar GUET (1801-1871) has a more formal scene than Sargent with his Oyster Park at Granville painted in 1827. Everyone looks very clean and wrapped up. The sands look smooth as carpet and the sea an idealised calm. The seven women to one man could well have been a normal family ratio as peasant families they would often stay behind while rhe menfolk were sent afar to sell the wares. Here the man has his cart ready to leave perhaps for Paris.