Oil on canvas, 1878 (Louis Breton, French)
This is a painting I frequently visit
to see at the St. Louis Art Museum.
Jules Breton regularly visited the coastal
region of Brittany to paint the
"mystical wildness" of Breton women.
Here he painted a coastal peasant girl
showing compassion for a wounded sea gull.
Interestingly, this was one of the first paintings
to be exhibited at the newly founded
St. Louis Art Museum in 1881.