Charles Jalabert (1819–1901)
Nymphs Listening to the Songs of Orpheus
English: Jalabert was praised by his contemporaries for his subtle, refined renderings of historical genre scenes. In this painting, which was exhibited at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1855, he shows Orpheus, the legendary poet of ancient Thrace (Greece), enthralling with his music nymphs reclining on the bank of a stream.
Date 1853
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Height: 111.8 cm (44 in). Width: 91.8 cm (36.1 in).
Current location
Walters Art Museum
Accession number 37.37
Exhibition history The Second Empire 1852-1870: Art in France under Napoleon III. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit; Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris. 1978-1979. Dei ed Eroi: Classicità e mito fra '800 e '900 (Gods and Heroes). Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome. 1996. Before Monet: Landscape Painting in France and Impressionist Masters: Highlights from The Walters Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998. A Magnificent Age: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2002-2004.
Credit line Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1878
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower left: ch. Jalabert.; [Date] Lower left: 1853
Ownership history

Goupil et Cie [date and mode of acquisition unknown]
Unknown collector, Liège [date and mode of acquisition unknown]
Rothschild [date and mode of acquisition unknown] (?)
Alexander White, Chicago [date and mode of acquisition unknown]
William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1878 or earlier, by purchase [Samuel P. Avery, dealer]
1894: inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore
1931: bequeathed to Walters Art Museum by Henry Walters

Place of origin France
Source/Photographer Walters Art Museum:

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