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Chester Dale Collection
1963.10.200

Framed: 130.8 x 171.1 x 7 cm (51 1/2 x 67 3/8 x 2 3/4 in.)

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Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes was an accomplished and sought-after muralist in the 19th century; his major public commissions include pieces for the Panthéon, the Sorbonne, and the Hôtel de Ville in Paris. He created his murals using the marouflage technique, in which he first made a canvas painting and then affixed it directly to the wall. In conjunction with this technique, Puvis developed a style of simplified forms, flat surfaces, rhythmic lines, and atmospheric color; his works were widely admired by peer artists and writers, including Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat, and Charles Baudelaire, and other Post-Impressionists and Symbolists. Puvis also produced smaller easel versions of his large public works.

Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Selected exhibitions
2018
"Pierre Puvis de Chavannes: Paintings and Works on Paper"Michael Werner Gallery
Pierre Puvis de Chavannes: Works on Paper and PaintingsMichael Werner Gallery
"Pierre Puvis de Chavannes: Works on Paper and Paintings"Michael Werner Gallery
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The Prodigal Son, ca. 1879

Oil on linen
41 9/10 × 57 4/5 in
106.5 × 146.7 cm
Permanent collection
Location
Washington

Chester Dale Collection
1963.10.200

Framed: 130.8 x 171.1 x 7 cm (51 1/2 x 67 3/8 x 2 3/4 in.)

Medium
Image rights
Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes was an accomplished and sought-after muralist in the 19th century; his major public commissions include pieces for the Panthéon, the Sorbonne, and the Hôtel de Ville in Paris. He created his murals using the marouflage technique, in which he first made a canvas painting and then affixed it directly to the wall. In conjunction with this technique, Puvis developed a style of simplified forms, flat surfaces, rhythmic lines, and atmospheric color; his works were widely admired by peer artists and writers, including Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat, and Charles Baudelaire, and other Post-Impressionists and Symbolists. Puvis also produced smaller easel versions of his large public works.

Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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