The Little Cook (La Petite cuisinière)
Throughout Oller’s first Paris sojourn, Pierre-Édouard Frère’s small-scale paintings of village children engaged in everyday activities were enormously popular with the city’s middle class. Paintings such as The Little Cook were praised for their truthful observations of the lives of the poor, then a novel focus for painters.
Depictions of schooling, such as The Reprimand, were particularly fashionable after 1850, thanks to France’s renewed interest in educating young children. Oller was also intensely interested in pedagogy; he established art schools in Puerto Rico, published a treatise on geometry and art, and painted portraits of the island’s most influential teachers.
Durante la primera estadía en París de Oller, las pinturas a pequeña escala de Pierre-Édouard Frère de niños de pueblo, involucrados en actividades cotidianas, eran extremadamente populares en el círculo de la clase media de la ciudad. Pinturas, tales como La pequeña cocinera, fueron alabadas por sus observaciones verídicas de la vida de los pobres, las cuales en ese entonces constituían un enfoque novedoso para los pintores.
Las representaciones escolares, como La reprimenda, estuvieron de moda particularmente después de 1850 gracias al renovado interés de Francia por educar a niños jóvenes. Oller también tenía un gran interés en la pedagogía; él estableció escuelas de arte en Puerto Rico, publicó un tratado de geometría y arte y pintó retratos de los maestros más influyentes de la isla.
Oil on panel
12 1/8 x 9 1/4in. (30.8 x 23.5cm)
frame: 17 15/16 x 15 1/16 x 2 3/8 in. (45.6 x 38.3 x 6 cm) (show scale)
Signed and dated lower left: "Ed. Frère 58"
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Bequest of Robert B. Woodward
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Pierre-Édouard Frère (French, 1819-1886). The Little Cook (La Petite cuisinière), 1858. Oil on panel, 12 1/8 x 9 1/4in. (30.8 x 23.5cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Robert B. Woodward, 15.328 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 15.328_PS9.jpg)
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