The Blacksmith by Marie Firmin-Girard


The Blacksmith


Marie Firmin-Girard

Ref GM3836
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 20" x 16" (50 x 40 cm)
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Firmin-Girard's compositions had been known in wealthy American circles since at least 1876. Works like The Blacksmith further established the artist's reputation for creating elaborately detailed scenes of life during the Belle Époque. In his oeuvre, Firmin-Girard seemed particularly fond of autumn landscapes, and in the present work Firmin captures the chilly season, the bare trees set the landscape in the background and the blossoming flowers lining the entrance to the cottage, Firmin sets the scene that Spring is on its way. Firmin presents a farrier/blacksmith replacing a horse shoe, this has been done for centuries and to this day it is one of the most important parts of maintenance when it comes to looking after a horse. A horseshoe is a fabricated product, normally made of metal, although sometimes made partially or wholly of modern synthetic materials, designed to protect a horse's hoof from wear. During the 18th century everyone relied on horse back for transportation, Firmin paints a common daily task in this painting that all would have been aware of.