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Meeting Place of the Hunt
Adolphe Monticelli

This small panel is perhaps the companion to Monticelli's 'Fountain in a Park'. In both paintings the artist evokes the 18th-century tradition of the 'fête galante', initiated by Watteau, in which elegant courtiers enjoy themselves in parks and gardens.

Monticelli's distinctive painting style, characterised by evident rapidity of execution, thick paint, and blurred forms, was influential in the late 19th century on artists as diverse as Cézanne and Van Gogh.

Key facts
Artist Adolphe Monticelli
Artist dates 1824 - 1886
Full title Meeting Place of the Hunt
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 NG5012
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.