André FougeronReturn from the Market 1953

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Artwork details

Artist
André Fougeron (1913‑1998)
Title
Return from the Market
Retour du marché
Date 1953
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1946 x 1297 x 20 mm frame: 1995 x 1345 x 50 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 2001
Reference
T07705
On loan to La Piscine, Musée d'art et d'industrie (Roubaix, France)

Summary

During the early 1950s, when Return from the Market was painted, André Fougeron was at the height of his career as a realist painter allied to the French Communist Party. His style epitomised the combination of historical reference and accessible political comment embodied in Socialist Realism. In Return from the Market Fougeron's wife, Henriette, is shown in the kitchen of their home in Montrouge, a working class district of Paris. She is still wearing her coat, presumably having just returned from shopping. The loaf, vegetables, and money within her reach attest to a simple life, as does the functionalism of the standard tiling of the floor and sink. Fougeron's realist style is here modified through varied techniques: the extensive use of the palette knife for the tiling, and the scumbling across the patterned tablecloth… (read more)

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