Landscape (Woman with a Jug)

Moïse Kisling, French (born Poland), 1891 - 1953

Made in France, Europe

c. 1924-26

Oil on canvas

31 13/16 x 23 5/8 inches (80.8 x 60 cm)

© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Curatorial Department:
Modern and Contemporary Art

Object Location:

* Gallery 165a, European Art 1850-1900, first floor

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of George Biddle, 1945

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This 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.


George Biddle [1]; gift to PMA, 1945. 1. Presumably the American artist (born Philadelphia 1885, died Croton-on-Hudson, NY, 1973).

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