Emile Munier (French, 1840-1895) A young boy holding a branch of berries 21 7/8 x 18in (55.8 x 45.7cm)
Lot 191
Emile Munier
(French, 1840-1895)
A young boy holding a branch of berries 21 7/8 x 18in (55.8 x 45.7cm)
US$ 70,000 - 100,000
£ 55,000 - 78,000

European Paintings

21 Oct 2009, 13:00 EDT

New York

Lot Details
Emile Munier (French, 1840-1895)
A young boy holding a branch of berries
signed and dated 'E. Munier 1877' (upper left)
oil on canvas
21 7/8 x 18in (55.8 x 45.7cm)

Footnotes

  • Born in Paris in 1840, Emile Munier began his artistic studies training to become an upholstery artist at the Manufacture nationale des Gobelins under the tutelage of Abel Lucas and studied painting, anatomy, perspective and chemistry. During his tenure at the Gobelins, Munier also espoused the ideals of Academic painting championed by William Bouguereau and the young artist entered the studio of the great master in the early 1870s. Munier was a frequent exhibitor at the Salon from 1869 to 1895 where he won three medals and was also a member of the Société des Artists Français.

    Munier's two children, Henri and Marie-Louise, were the artist's primary source of inspiration beginning in the early 1880s and they appear frequently in his work. Marie-Louise in particular appears in many of his paintings, both as a little girl and as a young boy. In the present work, the artist's fine draughtsmanship and ability to capture the essence of childhood is clearly demonstrated. The young boy engages the viewer by his direct gaze, his charming costume with the feather in his hat place him squarely into the countryside and the delicacy of the rendering of his hands draw attention to the masses of red berries that dangle from the branch he is holding. The precision in the drawing and the handling of the glazes in both the flesh and the costume of the young boy point directly to the influence of Bouguereau upon Munier and the strength of the Academic tradition at this time. By 1879, the date of this work, Munier had been in the studio of the older master for at least five years, and the lessons he learned there are manifest in the delicacy of this charming portrait.

    We are grateful to Mr. Howard Rehs for confirming the attribution to Emile Munier.

    A photo-certificate from Mr. Rehs will accompany this lot.
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