Mère et fille, la leçon de violon

EUGENE CARRIERE (1849-1906) Biography

Mère et fille, la leçon de violon (France, c.1900)

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Oil on canvas
Signed lower left: Eugène Carrière


49.00cm high
38.70cm wide
(19.29 inches high)
(15.24 inches wide)
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Eugène Carrière studio sale catalogue, Paris, 2 February 1920, number 82


Gustave Geffroy, L'oeuvre d'Eugène Carrière, 1902, illustrated plate 16, titled La leçon de violon
Catalogue des Tableaux, Dessins Lithographies, provenant de L'atelier d'Eugène Carrière, Galerie Manzi, Joyant & Cie, Paris, 1920, catalogue number 82, illustrated.
To be included in the Catalogue raisonné des peintures d'Eugène Carrière, Rodolphe Rapetti, Veronique Milin-Dumesnil, Alice Bourgoin-Lamarre, Gallimard, Paris.

Description / Expertise

At the turn of the century, Carrière was beginning to use a new technique in his paintings. Over a thinly applied chocolate coloured under-painting, which reveals the grainy texture of the canvas in La leçon de violon, he sweeps smooth brushstrokes of cloudy grey over the dresses of the two figures. These smooth, liquid areas glisten and materialise from the chalky background emphasising their elegant figures. On several occasions Carrière’s paints his children playing music, for instance, La Pianiste (1) (1898). The model for the child for this work could be Nelly, who was fourteen at this time.

1. Catalogue des Tableaux, Dessins Lithographies, provenant de L’atelier d’Eugène Carrière, Galerie Manzi, Joyant, Paris, 1920, Catalogue number 31