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'LES SAINTES FEMMES AU TOMBEAU' OR 'LES TROIS PLEUREUSES, 1896
In varnished oak
The art of George Minne -- leading light in the artistic circles of Laethem -- was profoundly imbued with the aura of the Symbolist movement. It was Rodin who encouraged him to explore the themes of melancholia and introspection. Minne's group 'Les Saintes Femmes au Tombeau', illustrates a theme that the artist explored throughout his life. The only other wood version of this subject is in the collection of the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. Versions in plaster and in bronze are in the collections of the Kunsthalle, Hamburg, and the Dienstcentrum Ledeberg, Gand. Within the collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, this sculpture relates closely in sensibility to the tapestry and pastels by Edward Burne-Jones and the drawing by Gabriel Dante Rossetti