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Title La Jeunesse
Collection Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
Artist Aubert, Jean (French painter, 1824-1906)
Date 1869 (dated)
Signed yes
Description A young couple in classical dress stand on a parapet; he faces her, while she faces front, looking at him teasingly out of the corner of her eye. She hides flowers behind her back, pushing him away as he tries to see them. She also has flowers in her hair and at her breast, while more flowers grow on the wall. Behind them is a landscape featuring cliffs and the sea. The revival of interest in classical art and architecture is evident here in Aubert's transformation of a simple courting scene into an imagined view of Ancient Greece or Rome.
Current Accession Number ABDAG002206
Former Accession Number 01.1.7
Inscription front ll 'Jean Aubert Paris 1869'
Subject everyday life; figure; landscape
Measurements 67.5 x 48 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Alexander and Mrs Macdonald 1901.
Provenance Bought from Jean Aubert by Alexander Macdonald for 120, 1869.
Principal Exhibitions Aberdeen, 1873, cat. no. 14, as Jeunesse.

Label: 'Painted by and purchased from Jean Aubert Paris. Receipt dated 22 October 1869.'

See Catalogue of Particulars of Pictures at Kepplestone, handwritten by Alexander Macdonald (Aberdeen City Archives): 'La Jeunesse Jean Aubert Paris 120 Paid 22 October 1869 A charming poetical fancy of the modern French Classical School. See P G Hamerton's Painting in France [Painting in France: after the Decline of Classicism: an Essay, 1895] for most favourable note on this picture, called there The Flowers A photograph of the original sketch (Aubert told it was in the Museum of Lyons) is given as the frontispiece of the book. May bring about double original cost.'

The painting was bought by the Aberdeen collector Alexander Macdonald and was included in the exhibition that he and his friends organised in 1873 which took place in the newly built Town House and which prefigured the setting up of Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Rights Owner Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
Author Jennifer Melville



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