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The Funeral of Atala

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The Funeral of Atala

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson
French, 1767–1824
Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson
French, 1767–1824

Date

ca. 1811

Medium

Oil on canvas

Accession #

1990.1

Dimensions

35 x 46 3/8 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 2, Gallery 208

Description

Girodet based this painting on a popular French novel by Chateaubriand that loosely retells the story of Romeo and Juliet in a New World setting. Here we see Chactas, a Natchez Indian, mourning his beloved Atala, a half Native American, half European maiden, who has committed suicide to keep from breaking the vow of chastity she had made to her dying mother. A larger version of this painting created a popular sensation when it was exhibited in Paris in 1811.

Credit

Purchase with funds from the Forward Arts Foundation

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