Fate by Christopher Le Brun PRA is inspired by the annual competition of history painting held at the École des Beaux-Arts in the 19th Century.
In France in the early 19th Century the award of the Prix de Rome by the Ecole des Beaux-Arts depended on an annual competition. As well as the Prix de Rome for History Painting, a prize for Historical Landscape was instituted in 1817. The examination was tri-partite. The first stage required the execution of an esquisse (sketch study).
The second stage, named Concours de l’arbre, lasted six days, during which the contestants painted, in isolation and from memory, a picture that featured a tree as its dominant motif and a narrative subject in which the figures had to be “at least four inches in height”.
The final stage was the painting of a finished historical landscape, the subject determined in advance by the jury. With the trees to the right being the focal point of this landscape scene, Fate adheres to the requirement of a dominant tree motif relevant to the second stage for the prize.
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