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Louis Anquetin, Two Studies for 'The Three Graces'

Key facts
Full title Two Studies for 'The Three Graces'
Artist Louis Anquetin
Artist dates 1861 - 1932
Date made about 1899
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 61.6 × 76.8 cm
Acquisition credit On loan from Tate: Purchased 1941
Inventory number L687
Location Not on display
Image copyright On loan from Tate: Purchased 1941, © 2000 Tate
Collection Main Collection
Two Studies for 'The Three Graces'
Louis Anquetin

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 Etr├ępagny. 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.

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