Penitent Saint Jerome in Landscape (1525-1530)
Master of the Female Half-Lengths
Flemish (Antwerp), active 1520s-1530s
Oil on wood panel
"The Master of the Female Half-Lengths is a name given to an as yet unidentified artist who worked in Antwerp and Bruges and specialized in paintings of half-length female figures. A number of landscapes have been attributed to him, including this panel. This type of panoramic landscape with jagged rocks and small figures engaged in varied activities was intended to evoke the harmony between man and the wonders of nature. Landscapes at this time were considered works of mere imitation, requiring little imaginative power, so their status was usually enhanced by endowing them with a religious subject, in this case the Penitent Saint Jerome."
Le Goûter (1725-1730)
Les Baigneuses, 18th century
Oil on canvas
Pater was one of the principal painters of the Rococo, specializing in depictions of the leisured lifestyle of the French aristocracy. In Le Goûter (Afternoon Tea) a group of elegantly dressed young people converse and flirt in a lush park setting. Pater's Les Baigneuses (The Bathers), also exhibited here, introduces a note of sensuality only hinted at in the first picture. The theme of the bathing party was immensely popular with Pater's patrons, and nearly 30 of his variations on this subject are known today. His paintings, in general, betray the influence of Rubens (1577-1640) in their rich color and relatively free brushwork.
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