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La Simplicité

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This painting, and its sister, Young Shepherd Holding a Flower, were commissioned by Madame de Pompadour, in 1755 for her Versailles apartment. In this painting we see a girl pulling off the petals of a daisy in the traditional game of learning whether her love is returned. This is one of Greuze's more appealing paintings because the realism, though wistful, is not overwhelmed by sentiment.
 
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