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Promise of Spring

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Alma-Tadema's later works are often small-scale, sentimental images of young lovers. In Promise of Spring, he created a highly romanticized and lush setting through the use of color and detail. The arched branches and intricate blooms of the tree meet the curved bodies of the lovers below. This...

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Inscription

Center right: L Alma Tadema / Op CCC III

Provenance

By 1910, with Arthur Tooth and Sons (?), London, England, Paris, France, and New York, NY [see note 1]. By 1939, Frances M. Baker, Boston, MA; 1939, bequest of Frances M. Baker to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 9, 1939) NOTES: [1] see Dircks, Rudolf, "The Later Works of Sir L. Alma-Tadema," (1910), p 14, where lists "by permission of Messrs. Arthur Tooth and Sons." Tooth had another painting titled "The Voice of Spring," in stock 1910, but its dimensions were 19 1/4" x 45 3/4".

Credit Line

Bequest of Frances M. Baker

1890

Dimensions

38.1 x 22.5 cm (15 x 8 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

RES.39.94

Medium or Technique

Oil on panel

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Europe

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