Three Lovers  1820

by Théodore Géricault

Théodore Géricault's only known erotic painting, this small oil sketch depicts two lovers locked in a passionate embrace while their languid companion calmly watches from the left. The woman's nudity and relaxed pose evoke the classical tradition of representing repose after lovemaking, a tradition that is also evoked by the way her voluptuous figure complements the statue...
22.5 × 29.8 cm (8 7/8 × 11 3/4 in.)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of The Getty