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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.
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