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Mother and Children

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Description It is twilight and in this dimly lighted cottage interior, a mother kneels against a chair with her hands clasped in prayer. Seated at her side is a young child holding a pot. In the doorway, an older daughter appears anxiously to be awaiting her father's return, imparting a tension to the scene. Both the mother and daughter wear typical village dress: a cap, a "casaque" (or loose jacket), and wool stockings. White has been used to heighten the mother's headgear and tunic and to indicate the waning light in the sky. Elsewhere, the artist has adopted a tonalist rather than linear approach, working with charcoal and exploiting the texture of the paper. Little is known of Duverger's background other than that he was born in Bordeaux, studied in various museums, and was primarily self-taught. His debut entry at the 1846 Paris Salon was a portrait, but seven years later, he turned to genre scenes, which he continued to exhibit until 1898. After 1882, he participated in the exhibitions of the conservative Société des artistes français. He received a third-class medal in 1861, a "rappel" in 1863, and a medal in 1865. His small, emotionally charged genre scenes proved to be popular, particularly with American collectors during the third quarter of the century.
Date Description Narrative
1/01/2002Treatmentexamined for exhibition; cleaned; mounted; re-housed
  • Drawings by the Artists from the Ecouen School. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1993-1994.
  • The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, May 4, 1862 (?), by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signed] Lower left, in graphite: Duverger
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1862 (?)

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ca. 1850
charcoal and graphite heightened with black crayon on cream, moderately thick, slightly textured wove paper
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H: 5 1/2 x W: 8 1/8 in. (14 x 20.6 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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