Sir Gerald Kelly
  • La Fontaine de Carpeaux, Paris -

    With signature and date (1904) on reverse of panel and further inscribed with title

    Oil on panel, 10 1/4 by 8 ins (26 by 20.5 cm)


    Depicting maidens representing the four parts of the earth, La Fontaine de Carpeaux is one of the masterpieces of the great Parisian sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux and stands in the centre of Les Jardins du Luxembourg. Kelly painted at least one further view of the fountain at another time of day. Interestingly Kelly also owned a near identical view of the subject by his teacher John Wilson Morrice painted in c.1902 which he donated to the National Gallery of Canada in the mid 1930s (inv.16786).

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