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Women Bathing
  • Nicolas Lancret (1690 - 1743)
  • Women Bathing
  • France
  • c.1718 - c.1720
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 24.5 x 30.7 cm
  • P408
  • Small Drawing Room
Further Reading
  • The main focus of attention is centred upon a woman looking for fleas. Her semi-naked bathing companions on the right add a further note of erotic voyeurism. Artistic prototypes for such scenes, although veiled discreetly beneath allegorical or mythological references to classical nymphs or goddessses, occur in Dutch and Flemish art of the previous century. Bathers had not been part of the vocabulary of the Fête galante in Watteau's work, but were introduced into the new genre by Pater and Lancret. Lancret painted numerous scenes of female bathers.