Horace de Callias was a pupil of Alexandre Cabanel. Like his master, his œuvre includes both figures from Parisian high society and classical subjects. In the present work Callias combines the wealth he depicted in portraits of his Belle Epoque sitters, with his interest in retelling classical myths. His classical compositions include Theseus and Ariadne, the Capture of the Golden Fleece and a large scale work depicting Diana the Huntress. The present lot was probably sold as “Golden Rain” in Paris, 1888, FRF 850.