THE HAPPY FAMILY
Oil on panel: 44.5 x 68.8 cm / 17.5 x 27.1 ins
Signed and dated '1845' lower right
Painter of portraits, religious scenes and historical subjects.
Louis Ricquier was a pupil of Mathieu Van Brée at the Academy of his birth-place. He went to Paris where he studied under Philippe Van Brée, brother of Mathieu. He spent several years in Italy and had a much frequented studio in Paris. He exhibited regularly in Belgian, French and Dutch Salons.
Provenance: Hermès Collection.
Antwerp 1792 - Paris 1884
Brussels (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) - Courtrai - Ghent
P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgian painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, p. 552-553.