• Spring

    Artist:
    Lancret, Nicolas. 1690-1743
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    115,9x95 cm

Lancret, Nicolas. 1690-1743

Spring

France, circa 1730

The four seasons were a popular subject in 18th-century art and appeared frequently in the artist's work. He repeated this particular series several times. Spring is symbolised by flirting in the lap of flowering nature, while the bird's nest indicates family life and the cage is the yoke of marriage. There is humour in the rather vulgar frivolity of this rural courtship. Such coquettishly flirting couples set in an idyllic landscape were a frequent motif in fetes galantes, a type of painting introduced by Antoine Watteau. A follower and imitator of Watteau, Nicolas Lancret forms part of the group of artists known as the School of Watteau. The Hermitage has another painting from this series of the four seasons, Summer.

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Spring

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oil

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115,9x95 cm

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Formerly in the collection of Catherine the Great

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-1259

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