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Title Two Children Paddling before a Sailing Boat
Alternative Title Child and Boat
Collection Warrington Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to French School
Previously attributed to Jongkind, Johan Barthold (Dutch painter and printmaker, 1819-1891, active in France)
Date Earliest about 1850
Date Latest about 1900
Description The Dutch artist J. B. Jongkind was described by Paul Signac as 'the first Impressionist'. He arrived in Paris in 1846 at the age of 25 and travelled around France but favoured Normandy. He used his energetic impressionistic technique to evoke his sun-drenched settings. Although admired by many contemporary artists, particularly those of the Barbizon School and Monet, Jongkind lived in poverty and suffered from deteriorating mental health, eventually dying in an asylum near Grenoble in 1891. However, this painting lacks the dramatic contrasts of light and shade associated with the artist and has therefore been more recently attributed to an unknown artist, probably French of the second half of the nineteenth century.
Current Accession Number WAGMG:1978.224
Subject marine (sailing boat); figure (two female figures standing at shoreline)
Measurements 52.2 x 38.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by L. J. Gibson 1978.
Notes Described as Child and Boat in the accession book. Note next to attribution '; Not correct'. Letter from Jacques Foucart, Musée du Louvre, 13 March 1979 to Mrs C.E. Gray, Keeper of Art, Warrington Borough Council: 'Madame, Ce tableau n'a aucun rapport avec Jongkind et nous parfait [;] assez mediocre et difficile à attribuer pour cette raison même. '
Rights Owner Warrington Museum and Art Gallery
Author Lisa Howard



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