Two Girls Accompanied by Cupid

Object Details

Title:

Two Girls Accompanied by Cupid

Artist/Maker(s):

Nicolas Poussin (French, 1594 - 1665)

Culture:

French

Date:

about 1625

Medium:

Pen and brown ink and brown wash over black chalk

Dimensions:

17.3 x 12.4 cm (6 13/16 x 4 7/8 in.)

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A putto and an attendant may be leading a bride–the woman on the left–to her groom while Cupid urges her on, but the subject is not perfectly clear. The drawing might merely represent any classical human marriage scene, or it might represent a more specific mythological theme such as the marriage of Bacchus and Ariadne.

Nicolas Poussin used more ink and wash to make drawings than any other medium, combining graceful, fluid lines with a sensitive, judicious use of wash. Here he created beautifully rippling costumes that gently move along with the young women yet also have a modest life of their own. Characteristically, he chose to leave the women's features abstract.

Provenance

Richard Philipps, Baron Milford, Pickton Castle, Pembrokeshire

Sir John Philipps, by descent

Sir Anthony Frederick Blunt, British, 1907 - 1983, London

Art Market, Zurich

Art Market, Boston

Exhibitions
The Sir Anthony Blunt Collection (1964)
  • Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery, (London), 1964, (Cat. 57)
Classicism and Neoclassicism in French Drawing, 1600-1860 (October 25, 1994 to January 8, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), October 25, 1994 to January 8, 1995, (Cat.)