Alone
By Theophile Emanuel Duverger


Alone
ByTheophile Emanuel Duverger (1821-1894)
In the Guildhall Art Gallery, London

Duverger began his career as a decorative painter, but his instinct led him to take up the little genre pictures with which his name is now associated. His first marked success was attained in 1853, when he made his appearance in the Salon where his work was to appear so regularly afterwards. He possessed the gift of acute observation, which is reflected in his paintings. The homely incidents which he depicts are full of the simple interest of familiar scenes which is associated with the genre paintings of the French, as well as of the Dutch and English schools. The merit of his work lies in its appeal to the sentiment of the spectator, by reason of its quiet humour or pathos, and in the refined treatment and rich colouring which are characteristic of the artist.

Duverger's favourite style of subject is well shown in "Alone," as well as in "The Labourer and his Children" in the Luxembourg, and in such pictures as "A Visit of Charity" in the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. His work is not so well known in England as it deserves to be, but "Alone" is a thoroughly representative example. It is a small picture, ten by seven inches, and shows a small boy, seated on a chair, trying to fasten his shoe. The child's pathetic loneliness, which is emphasised by his valiant efforts to control his feelings and succeed in his task, is well expressed, while its strong appeal to the child-lover is none the less poignant because of the simplicity of the subject. The detail shown by the painter, and the subdued harmony of colours, combine to make the picture worthily representative of the French genre school to which it belongs.

From the book "Famous Paintings" printed in 1913.

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