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The Wounded Seagull

Jules Breton, French, 1827–1906
Oil on canvas
Probably made in
Courrières, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France, Europe
Current Location
On View, Gallery 207
36 1/2 x 30 3/8 in. (92.7 x 77.2 cm)
framed: 45 3/16 x 39 1/8 x 3 1/8 in. (114.8 x 99.4 x 7.9 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Justina G. Catlin in memory of her husband, Daniel Catlin
Public Domain
Object Number
Jules Breton regularly visited the coastal region of Brittany in the west of France and here represented an idealized Breton peasant in profile against the wind. The artist was fascinated by the “mystic wildness” of Breton women and focused on this peasant’s compassion for a wounded bird while other healthy birds glide in the distance. This work was shown in 1881 at the first special exhibition at the newly founded St. Louis School and Museum of Fine Arts, the predecessor of the Saint Louis Art Museum.
by 1881 - 1917
Daniel Catlin (1837-c.1916) and Justina G. Catlin (died c.1942), St. Louis, MO, USA [1]

1917 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, given by Justina G. Catlin [2]

[1] Daniel Catlin is listed as the lender of this painting to a St. Louis exhibition in 1881 ["Loan Exhibition." St. Louis: St. Louis School and Museum of Fine Arts, 1881, cat. 131].

[2] Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, March 9, 1917.
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