Two Studies for 'The Three Graces'

These are two studies for a life-size painting which was originally intended to form part of the decoration of a room in Anquetin's parents' house at Etrépagny. In the event it was the only one of four projected paintings to be executed.

The work was painted at a period when Anquetin had turned to the study of the Old Masters, especially Rubens. In both of these studies the general composition is reminiscent of Rubens's 'The Three Graces' (Vienna, Akademie), where the figures support a basket of roses.

Key facts

Artist dates
1861 - 1932
Full title
Two Studies for 'The Three Graces'
Date made
about 1899
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
61.6 x 76.8 cm
Acquisition credit
On loan from Tate: Purchased 1941
Inventory number
Location in Gallery