“An Accident” (1879) by Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret

This oil-on-canvas painting is on display in the Walters Art Museum of Baltimore (600 North Charles Street). It was painted in 1879 by French artist Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret and bought by Henry Walters in 1898.

"In this scene, a country doctor bandages a boy's injured hand, while his family looks on with varying expressions of concern. The artist witnessed an incident like this while traveling with a doctor friend in the Franche-Comté region of eastern France. When this painting was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1880, it established the artist's reputation as both a perceptive reporter of rural customs and a Realist who explored the psychological states of his subjects"1.

  • Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons (January 2022)

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