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  • Edouard Frere
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      Stock No: PFP0071

      Gallery Price : $19,500.00

      Sale Price : $11,800.00

      Circa:1860

      Medium:

      Framed: 34" x 30"

      Unframed: 25" x 21"

  • Artist Biography
    • Pierre-Édouard Frère (1819-1886): Frère was born into an artistic family in Paris in 1819. He enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris at the tender age of sixteen, where he excelled under the expert tutelage of Paul Delaroche (1797-1856), who also taught, among others, Millet, Daubigny, and Gérôme. Specializing in Realism, specifically landscapes and Genre scenes of small-town France, Frère became a leader of the “Sympathetic Art” movement, which focused on the immediate and daily life of the poor, rural and working class. Rather than portraying them critically, as impoverished and hungry outcasts on the fringes of society, Sympathetic Art depicted their virtues: grace, humility and dignity, capturing scenes of a life and a time that were vanishing with urbanization and the industrial age. Critically acclaimed throughout his life (famed writer and art critic John Ruskin compared his work to that of Rembrandt, Wordsworth and Fra Angelico), his honours read like a roll-call of achievement. Frère exhibited at the Paris Salon and Salon des Artistes Français, as well as the Royal Academy of Canada and the Royal Academy in London, winning many medals and awards. In 1855 he was named Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) in France, the highest public honour that can be bestowed on an artist. Frère’s work now hangs in Washington D.C., Melbourne, the Brooklyn Museum, the National Library in France, and Museums throughout Europe. In this signed oil on canvas Frère captures the intimacy of simple family life.

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