Here's the compositional study for the finished painting called "Breton Women at a Pardon" (French: Les Bretonnes au Pardon) painted in 1887 oil on canvas by Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret (1852–1929).
The painting shows seven women in regional French costume waiting for a religious ceremony to begin. The compositional study helped work out the shapewelding of the women at right, whose white shapes are linked together into an interesting larger unit. He also tightened the clustering of the tree and the far figures in the distance, opening up negative space in the far hill.
But before he even got to the compositional sketch stage, Dagnan-Bouveret did a considerable amount of preliminary studies for this painting. In a previous post we looked at some of the photo reference that he used. He also painted studies of the model from life. At right is a photo of the artist in his greenhouse studio, with his wife posing in costume, as he appears to be working on a related painting called The Pardon in Brittany, which is at the Met.
Previously on GJ: