Rooks reimagine Reubens’ The Three Graces with three of their own

Lewes FC Women's @The Three Graces'

Lewes FC Women decided to reimagine Reubens painting of The Three Graces, having signed three players of that name.

The Rooks recreated the scene with its very own muses: left back Grace Garrad, midfielder Grace Palmer, and right back Grace Riglar.

In Reubens painting we see the Graces in a countryside idyll, naked, arms entwined, and dreamily enjoying the shade of a tree as Eros watches on. Lewes FC’s Graces are not passive or subject to the male gaze however, and are clothed (of course) in their Lewes FC kit. In their picture, taken up on the nearby Sussex Downs by local photographer Lily Bushnell, the young women have agency and have named their own values.

‘For me football is about Resilience’, says Grace Garrad, ‘so that’s what I’m representing’. Whilst teammate Grace Riglar explained,’ I feel Freedom when I play football. I don’t have to think about anything else. I love that Freedom. That’s what I want to represent’. Whilst Grace Palmer said, ‘To me football is my life and I play for the social aspect. I want to represent Friendship.’

Club Ambassador Karen Dobres said: ‘At Lewes FC we use football as a vehicle for social change, so to use our three Graces to change old-fashioned and restrictive ideas about what a woman should aspire to be seemed a no brainer. Our Graces are expressing their own values from their own perspectives, and they are outstanding footballers and role models.’

One of Lewes FC’s Sisterships, Women in Art (an art gallery based in Lewes and profiling women working in the art industry), will show the new portrait in their upcoming show, ‘The Dreaming’.

Gallery owner Sarah Norris commented: ‘I’m delighted to have this reimagining of The Three Graces as part of the WIA Open show, ‘The Dreaming’. It embodies women who are proud, strong and confident in their bodies, not side-lined as passive muses. In 2023 we’re still fighting for equality – this image asks the viewer to look at women through a different lens, literally’.

Adobe Women’s FA Cup 2nd Round ties

Upcoming Events

Would you like to read more women’s football news just like this? Sign up to receive the She Kicks Women’s Football newsletter