Two young girls and a boy play in the countryside in this pair of French genre prints. In Petite Soeur espiègle, one of the girls sits on the end of a log crossing a stream and watches as her mischievous sister pushes their brother into the water with a forked stick. In Petit Frère chérie, one of the sisters rides on her brother’s back as they wade in the breakers on a rocky shore while carrying baskets.
Nicolas-Edward Gabé was a French painter of portrait miniatures, genre scenes and still lifes, who exhibited at the Salon from 1835 to 1864. His works are in French museums including the Magnin Museum in Dijon and the Mulhouse Museum in Alsace, as well as the Wallace Collection in London.
Condition: Generally very good with the usual light overall toning and wear. Faint scattered foxing, mostly to margins.
“Recherche Avancée: Gabé.” Base Joconde. http://www.culture.gouv.fr/public/mistral/joconde_fr (15 October 2004).
Bénézit, E. Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs. France: Librairie Gründ, 1966. Vol. 4, p. 120.