Broken Eggs, by Greuze (1756)

Broken Eggs, by Greuze (1756)


Broken Eggs, by Greuze (1756)


Greuze, Jean-Baptiste (1725-1805)




Indoor scene. Four characters appear in it, a young woman sitting on the ground, a man standing next to her, an old woman with her head covered and pointing to a basket with eggs (one is broken) and a small child on the right. The scene is reminiscent of a brothel scene where the old woman acts as a procuress for the young woman and the man as her client. The symbolism of broken eggs also reinforces this interpretation as they can turn a woman into a procuress.


Oil on canvas.
Dimensions: 73 × 94 cm

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