Soyez gentils avec les animaux by Paul-Charles Chocarne-Moreau

  • A group of altar boys make a parrot the object of their amusement in this engaging oil
  • The work was composed by the French artist Paul-Charles Chocarne-Moreau
  • The popular turn-of-the-century painter is known for his compositions of mischievous young boys
  • A charming example of Chocarne-Moreau's anecdotal scenes, it is also masterfully executed
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Item No. 31-2877

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Paul-Charles Chocarne-Moreau
French | 1855-1931

Soyez gentils avec les animaux
(Be Kind to Animals)


Signed Chocarne-Moreau (lower left)
Oil on canvas

A group of altar boys makes a parrot the object of their amusement in this engaging oil on canvas. The work, entitled Soyez bons pour les animaux, was composed by the French artist Paul-Charles Chocarne-Moreau, a popular turn-of-the-century genre painter known for his compositions of mischievous young boys. A student of William Bouguereau and Tony Robert-Fleury, Chocarne-Moreau applied the style of the French Academy to his own unique, humorous genre paintings. With his cheerful perception of the children of the working class, Chocarne-Moreau successfully depicted the lighthearted, playful nature of his subjects.

In this particular work, the playful mischievousness of his subjects takes center stage. The altar boy was a typical subject in the artist's works, and here they are shown mercilessly teasing an irate parrot. Another boy drinks from the communion wine in the background, while another peers around the door, on the lookout for any adults who may ruin their fun. A charming example of Chocarne-Moreau's anecdotal scenes, it is also masterfully executed with the high level of detail that typifies his very best compositions.

Born in Dijon in 1855, Chocarne-Moreau was a popular and regular exhibitor at the Salon beginning in 1882, receiving an Honorable Mention in 1886 and a Bronze Medal at the Universal Exhibition of 1889. His humorous and anecdotal works have led many to mark him as an important forerunner to the American painter and storyteller Norman Rockwell, and his charming works remain both important and admired today.

Canvas: 32 1/8" high x 39 5/8" wide
Frame: 36 5/8" high x 44" wide
Soyez gentils avec les animaux by Paul-Charles Chocarne-Moreau
Maker: Chocarne-Moreau, Paul
Period: 1816-1918
Origin: France
Type: Paintings
Depth: 2.13 Inches
Width: 44.0 Inches
Height: 36.63 Inches
Style: Academic
Canvas Width: 39.625 Inches
Canvas Height: 32.125 Inches

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