PICOT, François-Edouard
(b. 1786, Paris, d. 1868, Paris)

Cupid and Psyche

c. 1817
Oil on canvas, 40 x 48 cm
Private collection

This painting is the reduced version of the large (233 x 291 cm) original in the Louvre. This exquisite reduction was produced for the Duc de la Rochefoucauld d'Estissac, a discriminating collector of the restoration period.

This pivotal painting in the career of the artist firmly established Picot as a painter committed to the traditions of the classical school even though modified by an awareness of his contemporary romantics.

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