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Stanislas-Victor-Edmond Lépine, Nuns and Schoolgirls in the Tuileries Gardens, Paris

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Full title Nuns and Schoolgirls in the Tuileries Gardens, Paris
Artist Stanislas-Victor-Edmond Lépine
Artist dates 1835 - 1892
Date made 1871-83
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 15.7 × 23.7 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Presented by Mrs H.W. Rawlinson, 1963
Inventory number NG6346
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Nuns and Schoolgirls in the Tuileries Gardens, Paris
Stanislas-Victor-Edmond Lépine

A seated nun and a schoolgirl hold a skipping rope for three girls as another nun and more girls approach to join them. The ruins of the Tuileries Palace can be seen in the background.

Lépine painted over a dozen views of the gardens which surrounded the Tuileries Palace in Paris. The Parisian residence of most French monarchs from Henry IV to Napoleon III, the Palace had been burned down during the Commune of 1871, the short-lived revolutionary government that ruled Paris in the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War and Siege of Paris.

As the ruins of the Palace were demolished between December 1882 and September 1883, Lépine would have painted the picture between 1871 and 1883. He has limited his colours to tones of blue, yellow, green and grey, whose subtle harmonies enhance the sense of everyday life restored after the upheavals of the war and the Commune.

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