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Adolphe Monticelli: 'Subject Composition'

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Four female figures, two seated and two standing, are shown. There is a close variant of the composition in the Musée du Petit Palais, Paris.

During his stay in Paris in the 1860s Monticelli began to paint 'fêtes galantes', depicting elegantly-dressed women and men, often in parks, in the manner of French 18th-century paintings. This group is typical of such a scene.