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Title Enfant avec Casserole
Collection Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
Artist Carrière, Eugène (French painter, printmaker, 1849-1906)
Date Earliest possibly about 1869
Date Latest possibly about 1906
Signed yes

This head and shoulders study of a child captures the infant with a pot in his left hand and licking a spoon held in his unseen right hand. The child is probably still very young, as he does not have a full head of hair. Carrière was a key figure in the Symbolist movement and exhibited with many artistic groups, such as La Libre Esthétique in Brussels and the Munich and Berlin Secessions. His work, immediately recognisable by his unique brown monochrome palette and vaporous compositional effects, achieves a mood of transcendence that reflects the artist's spiritual beliefs.

Current Accession Number ABDAG002673
Former Accession Number 27.5
Inscription front ul 'E Carriere'
Subject everyday life; figure
Measurements 19.3 x 24.3 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased through Wallis & Son from Sir James Murray sale, Christie's, London, £49 17s 6d with the assistance of Sir James Murray 1927.
Provenance Sir James Murray.
Principal Exhibitions La Vie Intime, London, Roland Browse and Delbanco, 1966, cat. no. 9.
Publications Christie's, Sir James Murray's collection sales catalogue, 29 April 1927, p 7; Connoisseur, vol. 62, p. 187; The Guardian, 25 May 1966.

The purchase of this painting was made possible by Sir James Murray, who arranged that Aberdeen Art Gallery should pay £49 17s. 6d - half the auction price of £99.15s.

Rights Owner Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
Author Jennifer Melville



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