Spanish School, 19th Century
Oil on canvas
64.1/4 x 42.1/2 in. (163.2 x 108 cm.)
This beautiful, joyous painting seems to be an allegory celebrating peace. The tree has epilettes of army officers hanging from the branches. It is difficult to say whether this is a tradition or simply a metaphor used by the artist. Of grand proportions there is an airiness to the composition and a very soft use of the brush particularly on the flesh tones of the dancing figures.