cat. 16; man with raised sword at center; two boys in Catholic robes with raised sword and candles on either side; brown paper; red and cream mat; gold trim frame with dark stain and blue paint

Study for "Mystical Brittany", 1904

This drawing is a study for an enormous (25 by 68 feet) mural titled Mystical Brittany that adorned the stairway of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nantes. It is one of two murals Hippolyte Dominique Berteaux was asked to produce; Brittany at Work: The Threshing of Grain is still on view in the museum, but Mystical Brittany was severely damaged and is awaiting restoration.

Mystical Brittany depicts a Pardon, an ancient religious ceremony and heralded annual custom in the life of the people of Brittany. On the feast day of the patron saint of the local church, community members donned traditional costumes and processed to a site dedicated to the saint. There they prayed and received remission for their sins, hence the name Pardon.

Details
Title
Study for "Mystical Brittany"
Artist Life
Saint-Quentin, Aisne 1843–Paris 1928
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.71
Provenance
[Galerie Jacques Fischer, Paris, until 2001; sold to Weisbergs]; Yvonne and Gabriel Weisberg, Minneapolis (2001–13; given to Mia)
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cat. 16; man with raised sword at center; two boys in Catholic robes with raised sword and candles on either side; brown paper; red and cream mat; gold trim frame with dark stain and blue paint