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Milkmaid tending her cows
  • Jan Matulka
    1890–1972
    born: Prague, Czechoslovakia ; died: Queens, New York, United States
  • Milkmaid tending her cows, circa 1923
  • Where object was made: United States
  • etching and drypoint
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 216 x 233 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 9 3/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 240 x 322 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 9 7/16 x 12 11/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • Gift of W. Douglas Van Loan
  • Not on display
  • 2014.0169
Description

Two bulls and a woman in a landscape setting with an architectural form suggested in the upper right quadrant. One bull, depicted turning its head toward the left, stands in the lower right quadrant. The second bull, viewed from the back, lays on the ground below the print’s center. The woman, found at the print’s left side and carrying a bucket in her right hand, walks toward the resting bull and grabs its horn in her left hand. The landscape, animals, and human forms are all rounded in an abstract manner.