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1896La Thangue was well-known for his realist rustic scenes. Here, uncharacteristically, he introduces a symbolic dimension to his work. A mother discovers that her young daughter has died, presumably after an illness. At the same moment, a man arrives at the gate carrying a scythe, the traditional symbol of death, the ‘grim reaper’.This rather melodramatic treatment can be compared with the more grimly realistic picture of child death Hushed, by Frank Holl, also shown in this room.

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Charles West Cope, "The Thorn". The boy's face looks too old to belong to a child (which I think he's supposed to be, because his hands and at least one arms look very small). But I like the girl's face, and her hair, and the doll. A lot.

Horace Vernet, L'atelier de M. Horace Vernet. Oil on Canvas. The most extraordinary example of political censorship of the period occurred in 1822 when all Horace Vernet's submitted paintings to the salon were rejected for political reasons. Vernet reacted by opening his own counter-exhibition in his atelier, exhibiting 45 paintings. This painting belongs to them.

Interesting and mysterious photograph ~ It is a remarkably relaxed studio photograph for the time. The petit young woman is obviously perched on the man’s knee, her hands clasped on her own knee, only a slightly bemused expression on her face – not really looking at the camera. The suavely dressed gentleman looks directly at the photographer with not the faintest concern about striking a pose, a cigarette between his fingers. Are they engaged or married? ~ written by Timebinder

Painting of the Day! Leon-Augustin L'hermitte (Leon Augustin L'hermitte) (1844-1925) "The Goose Girl of Mezy", Oil on Canvas, 1892 To see more works by this artist please visit us at: http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/artist.php?artistid=831 - Share your favorite old master works: http://www.pinterest.com/ArtRenewal/share-your-favorite-old-master-works/