GAMES AROUND THE LITTLE POND
Oil on canvas: 73 x 60.5 cm / 28.7 x 23.8 ins
Signed lower right
Painter of genre scenes and animated landscapes.
Evariste Carpentier was a pupil at the Antwerp Academy. He lived in Paris from 1879 to 1886. The talent and personality of the artist never ceased to develop. After painting religious subjects and a large number of Vendée scenes, he sought in rustic life and the open air those choice subjects that can only be tackled by artists who have the talent to take on the difficulty of painting the human figure in bright sunshine, in the green countryside, and beneath the ever beautiful, harmonious Flemish sky. Carpentier taught at the Liège Academy and was its director until his death.
His “Mrs Roland at Sainte-Pélagie” was exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1886 and his “Farniente, Souvenir of Flanders” at the Salon of 1887.
The Musée des Beaux-Arts et de la Céramique in Verviers, Belgium, has a similar painting in its collection, titled “Le petit Etang” (“The Small Pond”).
Kuurne (Courtrai) 1845 - Liège 1922
Antwerp - Bruges - Courtrai - Liège - Verviers
P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Animal Painters; Belgian and Dutch Artists born between 1750 and 1880", Knokke 1998, p. 169.
P. & V. Berko, "19th Century European Virtuoso Painters", Knokke 2011, p. 497.
"Evariste Carpentier", published by Mecanart and Gallery De Pypere, 1994.