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Mary Riter Hamilton. Easter Morning, La Petite Penitente, Brittany, c. 1900. oil on canvas, 117.4 x 82.2 cm. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Gift of Mrs. Horace Crawford, G-45-152.

“Easter Morning, La Petite Penitente, Brittany” was painted by Mary Riter Hamilton (1873-1954) around 1900 while she was studying in Paris.

After her studies, Hamilton returned to Canada in 1906 and settled in Winnipeg. An exhibition of her Paris paintings and sketches was held in Winnipeg and Toronto – and the portrait of the young supplicant now in the WAG collection was considered the masterpiece of the show.

Hamilton later requested permission to return to France to work as a war artist; however, her request was not granted until 1919 at the end of the war. Still, she managed to paint over 300 works of the Western Front, and later donated most of the paintings to the National Archives.

Happy Easter!

While the WAG is temporarily closed, this series of posts from Director & CEO, Dr. Stephen Borys, shares an artwork from the collection every day until the Gallery reopens. Follow along on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, or visit our stories section for this and more WAG@Home content.

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