Jean-Baptiste Greuze

Return of the Traveller

unknown
In this genre scene constructed with the monumentality of a history painting and oozing with sentiment and moral content, we are invited to read the story in the manner of a pictorial novel. No less than five family members crowd attentively around the central figure of the father. The old man has thrown down his hat and walking stick, while his travel gaiters are removed and his brow mopped - an example of filial piety worthy of emulation.
Title
Return of the Traveller
Date
unknown
Medium
Drawing
Materials
brush with grey, black, and brown wash over graphite on laid paper
Dimensions
35.1 x 45.6 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1973
Accession number
17235