Adrien Emmanuel Marie "The Young Heir" Oil
I inherited this from a very dear friend. She was an Army wife of the First World War, and my husband and her husband were dear friends. And after he passed away, she said she would like me to have this. She never was able to have children and I think that's why they bought this, entitled The Young Heir.
Well, what you have is a painting by an artist called Adrien Emmanuel Marie.
And this is a French artist who lived from 1848 to 1891. And it's painted in a very realistic style of late 19th century.
And at the same time, other major artists like Manet, Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec were painting washerwomen, jockeys and dancers in very casual settings. And this picture as well as those pictures reflected an interest at that time for artists to depict contemporary life. So here we see a young couple in a very casual pose, not at all like a formal portrait, enjoying time with probably their first child. And it is very much a depiction of everyday life. But unlike the Impressionists, it's painted in a very linear, distinct and literal style of painting. Although this part could almost be lifted from an Impressionist painting, the major part of the work, the figures, is delineated very carefully. This is really the kind of painting that the Impressionists were reacting against.
And you have it in a wonderful original frame. You see this repetitive flower motif here. I think today at auction, it might be something like $7,000 to $10,000 or $8,000 to $12,000.
Oh, that's wonderful.
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