Breton Girls Dancing, Pont-Aven

Oil on canvas, 28 3/4 x 36 1/2 in.. (73 x 92.7 cm)
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, National Gallery of Art 1983.1.19

(From the museum website)
"Gauguin wrote to art dealer Theo van Gogh (brother of Vincent), .I am doing a gavotte bretonne: three little girls dancing in a hayfield . . . The painting seems original to me, and I am quite pleased with the composition.'"

"So established was Pont-Aven as an artists' colony that the village women expected to earn extra money through modeling and Gauguin's sense of artistic 'otherness' did not extend to rejecting what was on offer." (From _Gauguin_, by Belinda Thomson, page 440)

But Gauguin didn't stay there long. The area was too crowded with artists and also expensive, so he moved on.