The Four Ages of Man: Youth

In the foreground stand two archers, one of whom shoots at an unseen target on top of the pole. Behind them are men and women engaged in amorous pursuits. Such encounters in wooded settings, as shown at left and in the background, had become a popular theme in art, inspired in particular by the paintings of Watteau and prints after them.

This is the third 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: Youth
Group
Date made
about 1733-4
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
34.3 x 45.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Lt-Col John Harvey Ollney, 1837
Inventory number
NG103
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