(XIX – XX)
The cup of the King of Thule
Oil on canvas (Hardy-Alan – Paris)
Signed and dated ‘1896’ lower right
113,5 x 146 cm
Exhibition: Salon of the Union of Women Painters and Sculptors – 1896 – under the number 627
Figure and pastel painter, she exhibited two works at the Salon of the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1895 under her maiden name METRA and a work to the Salon of 1896 under the name METRA-HUBBARD, having second marriage with Monsieur Gustave HUBBARD, Deputy of Seine et Oise, August 14, 1895.
She was a member of the Union of Women Painters and exhibited regularly at the annual fair from 1891 to 1911 where she was repeatedly noticed.
This painting refers to a poem published in 1782 by Goethe and he will resume it widely in his Faust (Part 1, 2759-82). This poem will be given to the full mode romantic nineteenth century by various translations, the best known are from Gerard de Nerval (1827) and later from Louise Ackermann (1863). Franz Schubert in 1816, Hector Berlioz in 1845 and Charles Gounod in 1859 will put this poem to music in their operas.