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After Nicolas Lancret
'A FEMME AVARE, GALANT ESCROC'
oil on oak panel


This work represents the ballad from 1666 by Jean de la Fontaine: 'A femme avare, galant escroc' ('the lover for a stingy woman is a swindler'), itself based on a thirteenth-century short story by the great Italian poet and Humanist, Giovanni Boccaccio.

The original painting by Nicolas Lancret is an oil on copper, 28 x 36 cm., today in the Pushkin Museum, Moscow (inv. no. Ж-982), datable to 'circa' 1740–50.1 The present picture is in the opposite sense to Lancret's work, since it derives from the popular engraving made after the painting by Nicolas de Larmessin (1684–1755).2

The engraving includes the verses: 'Rayez les cent Louis prétés: car A Madame / Hier, devant temoins, je les ay bien rendus: / l'Epoux enrageroit encor plus que la femme, / S'il scavoit a quel titre elle les a recus.'

1 http://www.arts-
museum.ru/data/fonds/europe_and_america/j/2001_3000/6605_Skupoy_zhenschine___
lyubovnik_plut/index.php?lang=en
2 http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.as
px?objectId=1618028&partId=1&searchText=lancret+femme+avare&page=1


Unframed: 28.8 x 37 cm.; 11 3/4  x 14 1/2  in. Framed: 47.5 x 55 cm.; 18 5/8  x 21 5/8  in.
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