The Little Cook (La Petite cuisinière)
On View: Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Gallery, 4th Floor
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.
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"
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
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