Modern and Contemporary Art
Landscape (Woman with a Jug)Made in France, Europe
Moïse Kisling, French (born Poland), 1891 - 1953
Oil on canvas
Currently not on view
1945-16-38Gift of George Biddle, 1945
LabelThis painting depicts the verdant green hills and forest glades that surround the picturesque fishing port of Sanary-sur-Mer, near Toulon, France, where Kisling lived in a number of rented villas between 1924 and 1932 before constructing his own house, La Baie, in 1938. The area's unspoiled wooded landscape became the subject of a number of the artist's paintings in the mid-1920s, although the presence of the statuesque woman, carrying a water jug on her head, is unique in his oeuvre. Seen from the back, the anonymous woman transforms the scene into a timeless, arcadian fantasy that references the Mediterranean region's classical past.