The First Communion

Eugène Carrière French

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The first communion marks a child's initiation into the Christian Eucharist, the ritual consumption of consecrated bread and wine. Carrière's muted palette, fluid brushwork, and simplified forms lend an otherworldly aspect to the girl, enveloped in her white communion gown and veil. This painting and several others on the same subject have been associated with a religious triptych that the artist created about 1897 (current location unknown).

The First Communion, Eugène Carrière (French, Gournay-sur-Marne 1849–1906 Paris), Oil on canvas

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