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CARRIÈRE, Eugène (1849 - 1906)


Media: oil on canvas

Size: 54.8 x 73.3 cm

Acquired: 1952; Bequest; Gwendoline Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 2174

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection

This work is closely related to a painting exhibited in 1890 under the title Slumber and an etching of 1888 titled Realities with the magic of a dream. Carrière often repeated his favourite compositions, which represent emotional states rather than specific individuals. In 1906 a critic a commented on this quality of his work: 'It is the soul stripped of formal accidents, It is mankind hidden under the fiction of an individual personality'. Gwendoline Davies purchased this painting in 1914.


Alix Edwards
23 October 2017, 23:20
This is my favourite painting in your museum, There is something so intimate and special about it. It really moves me!
Brian Armstrong
28 November 2013, 10:45
Is there a specific reason, or reasons why none of this artist's work is currently on display.
Amgueddfa Cymru
11 July 2011, 15:09
Thank you for your enquiry. This work is not currently on display. If you would like to make an appointment to view the work in store please contact the art department at
27 June 2011, 15:08
Is this picture now on display?

I saw it a few years ago and it took my breath away, however on subsequent visits, it hasn't been available to view.

Would love to see it again.
Amgueddfa Cymru
13 August 2010, 09:14
Dear Michelle - Thank you for your comment. Please visit the Print on Demand pages of our website for details on reproductions of this image:
13 August 2010, 09:13
Does anyone know where I can buy a print of this painting?
30 June 2010, 09:45
It's funny that this painting caught my eye at the Albuquerque Art Museum. I took all 3 kids with me and this picture brought back so many memories from when they were just babes. Thank you for the experience.
October 21, 2009
22 October 2009, 09:32
I saw this painting in Oklahoma City Museum of Art Exhibit on September 17, 2009, Thank you for the wonderful experience, it was one of my favorite painting!
25 September 2009, 15:32
I saw this while on tour in Oklahoma City, OK, USA. It really touched me. It is so beautiful and conveys the bond between mother and child. I love it. Thank you for making it available for viewing.
22 May 2009, 10:28
I recently saw this painting at the Museum of Art in Columbia, South Carolina and was struck with awe at how much it favored my own daughter when she was nursing her infant.
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