Friday, 20 September 2013
' Broken Eggs ' Jean-Baptiste Greuze (French 1725-1805) Oil on canvas, circa 1756. The Metropolitan Museum, New York.
'Broken Eggs' attracted favourable comment when exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1757. One critic noted that the young girl had a noble pose worthy of a history painter. It's pendant was 'The Neapolitan Gesture' of 1757, in which several of the same models appear, but the seducer is foiled by the old woman ( the broken eggs of the title symbolise the loss of the serving girls virginity )