Subject Composition

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.

Key facts

Artist dates
1824 - 1886
Full title
Subject Composition
Date made
probably 1870-90
Medium and support
Oil on wood
21 x 15.9 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Presented as part of the 'Harry Wearne Collection of Twelve Paintings by Monticelli' to the Tate Gallery, 1939; transferred, 1956
Inventory number
Location in Gallery