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scottybrown, I've just come across this posting, so I checked it out as I was interested too. This painting was done by a Frenchman, Jean-Baptiste Greuze. I gleaned the following info from the MetMuseum site:-Broken Eggs attracted favorable comment when exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1757. One critic noted that the young serving girl had a noble pose worthy of a history painter.The canvas was painted in Rome, but the principal source may have been a seventeenth-century Dutch work by Frans van Mieris the Elder (State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg), which Greuze would have known from an engraving. The broken eggs symbolize the loss of the girl's virginity.
who is the painter? Lovely