Alphonse Legros

Rehearsing the Service

c.1870

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 914 x 1168 mm
frame: 1127 x 1458 x 136 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Rev. A. Stopford Brooke 1916
Reference
N03135

Display caption

The French realist painter Legros moved to London in 1863, and from then exhibited both at the Royal Academy and the Paris Salon. In the late 1860s, he came to admire Ingres and the Italian old masters, and emphasised outline and local colour in his paintings. He favoured church subjects, treating them as motifs of daily life. The priest at the right was painted from the famous Italian model Alessandro di Marco, who also posed for Burne-Jones, Leighton and others. The head of a choirboy between the two men was painted out by the artist, but now shows through.

Gallery label, November 2016