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The rainbow
(L'Arc-en-ciel)
(late 1880s)

Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
50.8 × 62.2 cm
Place/s of Execution
France
Inscription
inscribed in brown paint l.l.: J. C. CAZIN
Accession Number
564-2
Department
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1913
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Provenance

With Barbizon House (dealer), London, by 1913; from where purchased, on the advice of Frank Gibson and Charles Ricketts, for the  Felton Bequest, 1913.



After an artist passed the rigorous selection process for the Paris Salon exhibition, they were then subjected to public criticism which could make or break their careers. Popular critics, such as Émile Zola, who commented on the Salon exhibitions, were extremely powerful. Jean Charles Cazin is one artist who changed his approach to art following a negative critique of his religious painting The departure of Judith in 1883. Until then, Cazin enjoyed success painting mainly Christian imagery in a realist manner; however, as a result of criticism he started producing landscapes devoid of narrative and obvious symbolism, such as The rainbow.

Frame

Jean Charles CAZIN
The rainbow (late 1880s)
Framemaker
Unknown - 19th century
Materials

timber, composition, gold leaf

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