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Bramer, Leonard
Herdsmen near a Campfire Herdsmen near a Campfire
Around 1626 Around 1626

In this painting, executed during his stay in Italy, Bramer has portrayed a night scene. Painting directly onto the slate support, he has left some areas of ground and sky in reserve, thus making use of the slate’s natural colour as a base tone. The artist has populated the dark outdoor setting with two groups of herdsmen and their charges. For such a potentially peaceful scene, the atmosphere is remarkably febrile: in the closer group, on the left, the man sitting on a rock points and earnestly addresses the woman carrying a shallow tub on her head. An animated conversation seems also to be taking place between the members of the other group, gathered near a campfire on the right.

 
Bramer, Leonard
Delft, Netherlands 1596–Delft, Netherlands 1674 Delft, Netherlands 1596–Delft, Netherlands 1674
Herdsmen near a Campfire Herdsmen near a Campfire
Around 1626 Around 1626
Oil on slate Oil on slate
overall: 21 cm x 49 cm
Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2008 Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2008
51-004.01

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