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Fountain in a Park
Adolphe Monticelli

A number of male and female figures, on horseback and on foot, are seen beside a fountain. This painting is possibly a companion piece to the artist’s Meeting Place of the Hunt, and both have been dated stylistically to about 1875-1880.

These imagined figure scenes, in which elegant courtiers enjoy themselves in parks and gardens, evokes the 18th-century tradition of fetes galantes, and were a favourite subject for Monticelli throughout his career. In his later years subject matter became subordinated to his colourful, thickly painted style.

Presented as part of the ‘Harry Wearne Collection of Twelve Paintings by Monticelli’ to the Tate Gallery in 1939, the painting was transferred to the National Gallery in 1956.

Key facts
Artist Adolphe Monticelli
Artist dates 1824 - 1886
Full title Fountain in a Park
Group Two Gallant Scenes
Date made about 1875-80
Medium and support Oil on wood, probably mahogany
Dimensions 19.1 x 47 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Presented as part of the 'Harry Wearne Collection of Twelve Paintings by Monticelli' to the Tate Gallery, 1939; transferred, 1956
Inventory number NG5011
Location in Gallery Not on display
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Two Gallant Scenes

These two paintings were made as pendants, or companion pieces, and would have hung near each other.