“Tre samtalende kvinder”. Three women in conversation. 1839–1840. Unsigned. Oil on canvas. 61×61 cm.
Emil Hannover, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of Christen Købke no. 123.
Mario Krohn, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of Christen Købke no. 208.
Hans Edvard Nørregård-Nielsen, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of Christen Købke no. 162.
Exhibited: Charlottenborg 1841 no. 83 “Copier og studier efter antikke malerier i museet i Neapel”. (Copies and studies of antique paintings in the Museum of Naples).
Kunstforeningen, “Katalog over Malerier og Studier af Christen Schiellerup Købke”, 1884 no. 75.
Kunstforeningen, "Fortegnelse over Købkes Malerier, 1912 no. 204.
Statens Museum for Kunst, “Christen Købke 1810–1848” , 1996 no. 142f (not exhibited), reproduced p. 371.
Literature: Emil Hannover, “Maleren Christen Købke”, 1893 p. 110–111.
Hans Edvard Nørregård-Nielsen, “Christen Købke, Italien tur -retur”, 1996 vol. III p. 62. Here the author mentions that Købke in a letter to his sister Adolphine July 22, 1839 writes (in Danish): “I have begun to copy three lovely Girls, as they call the three Graces, who in pagan times must have been Goddesses, ...” and later the same year in August he wrote to the sculptor Georg Hilker, that he was working with “The Three Graces”.
The original, which is a wall fresco from Herculaneum, is located in the National Archeological Museum in Naples and bears the title “Conversazione di donne”. That one reproduced p. 63 in Hans Edvard Nørregård-Nielsen “Christen Købke, Italien tur -retur”.
Provenance: Christen Købke's estate auction 1848 no. 2, registrated under Købke's copies of antique paintings. Here acquired by sculptor Herzog. Sculptor Professor Th. Stein (1893). Director I. G. Smith (1912).