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Painting Title Kitchen Boys
Ofl Title Les Marmitons
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Ribot, Germain Théodore (French painter, 1845-1893)
Previously attributed to Ribot, Théodule (French painter and printmaker, 1823-1891)
Date Earliest possibly after 1870
Date Latest 1893
Signed yes
Description A depiction of an interior with two kitchen boys in white with white hats by a large chopping table; through a doorway one may see two more boys with a tray and a basket. Germain Théodore Ribot was a the son of a very private and independent painter, Théodule Ribot (1823-1891). Germain painted mainly still life compositions and took part in several Salon exhibitions in Paris between 1870 and 1883. He rarely painted everyday life scenes, as genre was actually the main subject matter of his father's painting (especially scenes placed in the kitchens). Germain Ribot disappeared from the Salon art scene soon after returning to live with his father in 1882. Gabriel P. Weisberg suggested that Théodule Ribot was in poor health which may have forced him to have his children work alongside him. Perhaps that last decade of Germain's life was the time when he created kitchen scenes under the influence of his father.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 682
Inscription front ll ‘G. Ribot’
Subject everyday life; figure; interior
Measurements 24.2 x 31.8 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased at anonymous sale Sotheby's, London 29 July 1953, lot 89.
Publications PREVIEW. City of York Art Gallery Quarterly, 24, October 1953, vol. VI, p. 258 as by Augustin Théodule Ribot ; York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. III: English and European 19th and 20th centuries, The Reserve Collection, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1974, p. 71; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 327 as by Augustin Theodule Ribot.
Notes Until 1973 the painting was attributed to Augustin Théodule Ribot. The attribution was corrected by Mr André Watteau (letter in Gallery files 10th July, 1973), who based his conclusions on the analysis of the painting's style and composition, and confirmed that the inscription is Germain's own signature.
Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka



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