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 Le Lorrain (Claude Gellée) - Vue de la Vallée du Tibre
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Henry Cros - Kneeling woman in profile with floral motifs
Achille Bénouville - Italian landscape
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Jan Van Goyen - Paysage de dunes avec un moulin
Aimé-Jules Dalou - Study for the Republic
Joseph-Marius Avy - Study for the pianist of Bal blanc

Kneeling woman in profile with floral motifs

(1840, Narbonne - 1907, Paris )
Circa 1891
Pencil and watercolour on paper

This watercolour depicts a crouching woman playing the double flute known as the diaulos, used in the music of the ancient world. She is charming a snake from a vase.

This lone figure was reused by Cros and integrated into a polychrome terracotta plaque entitled The Incantation, dated 1 June 1891 and preserved at the Cité de la Céramique in Sèvres, on which this double flute player can be found in the bottom left-hand corner.

This work is influenced by the art of the ancient world. Thus the upper body of the figure is inspired by a Greek bas relief and her pose is that of the Crouching Venus statue in the Louvre dating from the Hellenistic period.

The treatment of outlines in pencil and the watercolour infill is characteristic of Cros’ works.

Learn more about the Henry Cros collection at the Petit Palais.

Inventory number: 
Inventory number : DDUT2122
Acquisition details : Purchase, 2002
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