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Title Morning Prayer
Original Translation La Prière du Matin
Collection Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport
Artist Dargelas, Andre-Henri (French, 1828-1906)
Date Earliest about 1850
Date Latest 1906
Signed yes
Description Andre-Henri Dargelas was born in Bordeaux in 1828. In 1854 he began his studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris where he was a pupil of Picot. He began exhibiting at the Paris Salon in 1857. Dargelas was a Realist painter and along with his fellow artists, Edouard Frère and Paul Seignac, he chose the theme of the innocence of childhood as his main subject matter. Dargelas painted endearing scenes that typified family life. Dargelas, Frere and their followers endowed the life of the poor with purity and wholesomeness, implying that this alleviated the real misery of their lives which other Realist artists dedicated themselves to revealing. The schoolroom was another popular theme. These works seem to underscore the enlightened contemporary idea of the importance of education for the masses. The children here are depicted as delightful innocents, which contrasts with another work entitled Out of School in which a large group of school boys, books abandoned, clamber chaotically on top of each other in order to reach the branches of a tree.
Current Accession Number 1929.353
Inscription front lr 'Dargelas'
Subject everyday life (children praying); interior (classroom)
Measurements 25.5 x 45.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by J. H. Bell 1929.
Rights Owner Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport, Sefton M.B.C. Leisure Services
Author Lisa Howard



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