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ID number:  BIRBI-37.10
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Lancret, Nicolas (1690-1743)
Title / Object name:  Lovers in a landscape (The Turtle Doves)
Object type:  Painting
Culture:  French
Date made:  about 1720/30
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  75.3 x 97.5 cm
Provenance:  Comte Jacques de Bryas; purchased from Messrs. Wildenstein & Co., in 1937 for £1,800.

A young man gazes at his elegantly-dressed partner and points to a pair of turtle doves. The birds are the perfect model of faithful lovers who reciprocate their feelings with tenderness. The couple’s romantic dalliance in an idyllic landscape is not therefore a scene of seduction, but an image of true love soon to be fulfilled.
Lancret was a follower of Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) who popularised what is known as the fête galante - an amorous gathering of elegantly dressed figures in an idealised landscape. This was the first painting purchased by the Barber Institute.

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Watteau and his Contemporaries', Wildenstein Gallery, London, UK, 1936, no. 10; 'European Masters of the 18th Century', Royal Academy, London, UK, 1954 - 1955, no. 473; 'Birth of a Collection: Masterpieces from the Barber Institute of Fine Arts', National Gallery, London, UK, 22 May 2013 - 01 September 2013; 'Hogarth and Europe', Tate Britain, 3 November 2021 - 20 March 2022 (Cat. p.143)

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