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Article written by Rick Archer, May 2007




 The Three Graces  - A mystery! 

Rick Archer's Note: Well, I thought it was the Three Graces, but I can't find any corroborating evidence that this sculpture is part of the Louvre.  I have seen pictures of at least four different 'Three Graces' sculptures, none of which included this picture above.

July 2010 Mystery Solved!

Anna Anderson: this is the work of James Pradier, Swiss Sculptor, 1790-1852.   He created The Three Graces in 1831.  It indeed resides at the Louvre.

030. The Death of Sardanapal,  Eugene Delacroix, 1827

Eugene Delacroix is numbered among the greatest and most influential of French painters. He is most often classified as an artist of the Romantic school. His remarkable use of color was later to influence impressionist painters and even modern artists such as Pablo Picasso.

Delacroix was born on April 26, 1798, in Charenton-St-Maurice, France. In 1815 he became the pupil of the French painter Pierre-Narcisse Guerin and began a career that would produce more than 850 paintings and great numbers of drawings, murals, and other works. In 1822 Delacroix submitted his first picture to the important Paris Salon exhibition: Dante and Virgil in Hell. A technique used in this work--many unblended colors forming what at a distance looks like a unified whole--would later be used by the impressionists. His next Salon entry was in 1824: Massacre at Chios. With great vividness of color and strong emotion it pictured an incident in which 20,000 Greeks were killed by Turks on the island of Chios. The French government purchased it for 6,000 francs.

Impressed by the techniques of English painters such as John Constable, Delacroix visited England in 1825. His tours of the galleries, visits to the theater, and observations of English culture in general made a lasting impression upon him.

Between 1827 and 1832 Delacroix seemed to produce one masterpiece after another. He again used historical themes in The Battle of Nancy and The Battle of Poitiers. The poetry of Lord Byron inspired a painting for the 1827 Salon, Death of Sardanapalus.

(Note: Delacroix's most famous painting, Liberty Guiding the People, is on the next page.)


031. Does anyone know the name of the painting above?

032. Abraham and Melchizedek, Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640). Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen, France. (Title contributed by Olga Milner.  Please note this picture is not at the Louvre.)

033:  Triptych of Jan Floreins  (central panel), artist Hans Memling, 1479

Title contributed by Anna Anderson, July 2010, with this note:

From what I gather, this picture is not part of the Louvre.  It is said to reside at Memlingmuseum, Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges

Perhaps your picture is a copy of this?  Colors are brighter, but it is clearly the same work.  It's a start.

034.  Les deux soeurs, 1843, Théodore Chasseriau  (Title contributed by Olga Milner)

035.  The Moneylender and His Wife (1514)   Quentin Metsys  (title contributed by Rebecca)

Title confirmed on Louvre Museum website

036. Does anyone know the name of the painting above?

The Rialto Bridge, Giovanni Antonio Canal (Canaletto)  (Title contributed by Olga Milner)
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