Oil on canvas
Canvas: 100 x 81 cm (39 3/8 x 31 7/8 in.); Framed: 121.9 x 103.5 cm (48 x 40 3/4 in.)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2023.1
Therbusch’s painting career began when she was in her 40s, after her children had grown.
Candlelight subjects were unfashionable in Paris where Anna Maria Therbusch nonetheless submitted one for candidacy to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. She was denied one of three positions allotted to female artists on the grounds that a woman could not have painted such an accomplished work, Therbusch agreed to be observed painting by the male committee and was admitted to membership on her second attempt.
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