Pierre Édouard Frère (1819-1886)

Pierre Édouard Frère (1819-1886)

Code: 4056


W: 34cm (13.4")H: 40cm (15.7")



A very beautiful mid 19th century impressionist oil on panel by the French painter Pierre Édouard Frère. The work depicts a young boy running in the snow and is very well executed. Signed with the artist's stamp lower right. Presented in a fine gilt frame.

Artist: Pierre Édouard Frère (French, 1819-1886)
Title: Boy in the Snow
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 15.5 x 13.5 inches (40 x 34 cm) including frame

Pierre Édouard Frère studied under Paul Delaroche, entered the École des Beaux-Arts in 1836 and exhibited first at the Salon in 1843. Among his chief works are the two paintings, Going to School and Coming from School, The Little Glutton (his first exhibited picture) and L'Exercice (in the 19th century this work was in John Jacob Astor's collection).

A journey to Egypt in 1860 resulted in a small series of Orientalist subjects, but the majority of Frère's paintings deal with the life of the kitchen, the workshop, the dwellings of the humble, and mainly with the pleasures and little troubles of the young, which the artist brings before us with humor and sympathy. He was one of the most popular painters of domestic genre in the middle of the 19th century.

He was the father of the painter Charles Edouard Frère, and the brother of the orientalist painter Charles-Théodore Frère. He ran a school in Ecouen that was the subject of an article by Cornelia W. Conant for Harper's Magazine in 1885.