Description Monticelli, an artist from Marseilles, enjoyed a considerable following in the Paris of Napoleon III (reigned 1852-70). He specialized in pastoral vistas, such as this view of elegantly attired women relaxing in a park at twilight. The subject recalls the fêtes galantes, or outdoor scenes of amorous couples, painted by the 18th-century masters Antoine Watteau and Nicolas Lancret, but the unusual, rich colors and dense brushwork of Monticelli's paintings attracted such avant-garde painters as Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh.
Provenance George A. Lucas, Baltimore, by purchase; The Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, 1910, by bequest [Henry Walters as intermediary]; Walters Art Museum, 1944, by indefinite loan; Walters Art Museum, 1996, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase with exchange funds from the gifts of Mrs. T. Willing Balch, Mrs. Ludlow Baldwin, Mrs. Denison Frick, Mr. Martin Horowitz, Mrs. Thelma Pierce, Louis E. Shecter, Mrs. Henriette Stevens, and William C. Whittridge, and the bequests of Miss Laura F. Delano, Mrs. Ruth Mangels Wineholt Eppler, and H. Morris Whitehurst, 1996
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