Eugene Deveria (Paris, April 22, 1805 – Pau, February 3, 1865)
“Eugene Deveria was one of the most beautiful hopes of nascent Romanticism …. It was believed, when was exposed the birth of Henry IV, that France was going to have his Paul Veronese and a great colorist came to us “. These lines, written by Teophile Gautier as an introduction to the necrological article he devoted to the artist, set for a long time the place of Eugene Deveria in the history of French Romanticism. He triumphed at the Salon of 1827 with “The Birth of Henry IV”. A “historic” painter, he will always remain firmly attached to these nostalgic values born under the Restoration, influenced by the novels of Walter Scott and created by the “Troubadour” style.
But Eugene Deveria was first of all a genre painter. His first paintings, presented at the Salon, that of 1824, are small family scenes. Also our painting, dated 1825, is one of those small scenes. We can already speak here of the “local color”, claimed by historians in the 1820s, ie the importance given to the exterior aspect, the representation of significant and exact elements (architecture, furniture , costumes ….) of past times. The scene takes place inside a house; through the open door you can see the road, flooded with sunlight and a beautiful blue sky: in the foreground a young woman with a feather hat, determined to cut an apple under the watchful eye of a girl. At his feet, as in a picture of the Veronese, two naked children, with rounded shapes, like two Putti. In the background, in the shadows, a richly dressed man and an older woman are watching the scene. The colors are alive, dense, well studied light, here is Deveria colorist. And all the little details, the folds of clothes, the embroidered drape, here is the “local color”.
Hidden in the embroidered drape there is the signature and the date: E. Deveria 1825.
The painting is in first canvas. It was cleaned by a specialized laboratory. It has its original giltwood frame.
Canvas H 18.12 in. x W 14.57 in.
H 46 cm x L 37 cm
Frame H 71 cm x L 62 cm