In the mid-1860s, William Adolphe Bouguereau began painting idealized images of peasant women and children. Joslyn’s The Knitting Girl is Bouguereau’s first and most monumental representation of the image. Sitting serenely under a tree, this young girl is lost in thought as she knits. Dressed in simple clothes for the day (and barefoot!), she’s a wonderful example of the beauty of the everyday in art.