The Bath by Charles Gleyre

This is my favorite painting in the Chrysler Museum. The figures are illuminated ! And sculptural ! And translucent ! I want to paint like this !

Charles Gleyre taught Renior, Monet and Bazille, among other great artists.

If you love this painting, you should look at his painting titled “Lost Illusions, or Evening, Before 1843 ” . It shows a Greek God who thinks he’s a pretty good lute player, but then is humbled when a boat of beautiful girls comes up to him, and there’s a goddess with her maidens playing harps. He puts his lute and his head down.

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