The Four Ages of Man: Old Age

A young girl rejects the advances of an old man at the left. At the right two elderly women are seated, one spinning and the other asleep. The seated figures may have been inspired by the peasant scenes of the Le Nain brothers. This is the last in a series of four canvases by Lancret (all in the collection) which represent the Four Ages of Man - 'Childhood', ‘Adolescence’, 'Youth', and 'Old Age'.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1690 - 1743
Full title
The Four Ages of Man: Old Age
Group
Date made
about 1733-4
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
34.6 x 45.4 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Lt-Col John Harvey Ollney, 1837
Inventory number
NG104
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: The Four Ages of Man

Painting
Nicolas Lancret
about 1733-4
Nicolas Lancret: 'The Four Ages of Man: Childhood'
Painting
Nicolas Lancret
about 1733-4
Nicolas Lancret: 'The Four Ages of Man: Youth'
Painting
Nicolas Lancret
about 1733-4
Nicolas Lancret: 'The Four Ages of Man: Maturity'