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  • Little Bather

    Artist:
    Couture, Thomas. 1815-1879
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    117x90 cm

Couture, Thomas. 1815-1879

Little Bather

France, 1849

The Little Bather dates from Thomas Couture's best period. A little girl of about 10 years is sitting in a garden on a bench covered with white drapery, her figure effectively setting off against the background of large leaves which form a decorative pattern. Her graceful pose, the head framed with curls and the thoughtful face create a realistic feeling and touching lyricism. The painting includes allegorical attributes: an apple (fruit of temptation) and a gold cross (symbol of faith) have associations with the Old Testament theme of the Fall and the Christian dogma of the Redemption.

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Little Bather

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oil

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117x90 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1922; transferred from the Kushelevskaya Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-3898

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