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The Little Cook (La Petite cuisinière)

Pierre-Édouard Frère

European Art

Frère found great success with his depictions of children, in rustic village interiors, engaged in various activities—school lessons, domestic chores, and games with siblings or friends. In both of these images, Frère presents his small subjects sympathetically, adopting their low vantage points. While the young girl diligently sits beside the stove with her ladle at the ready to stir the soup or stew, the boy in the schoolroom sulks after a scolding from his teacher, with the discarded book offering a clue to the cause of his punishment.
MEDIUM Oil on panel
  • Place Made: Europe
  • DATES 1858
    DIMENSIONS 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)
    SIGNATURE Signed and dated lower left: "Ed. Frère 58"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Robert B. Woodward
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION 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
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