The Scholar by Georges Croegaert

  • This delightful oil on panel was painted by Belgian artist Georges Croegaert
  • An important genre painter, Croegaert was among the leading artists of the cardinal genre
  • Incredible precision and vibrant color make his cardinal paintings highly coveted
  • This work displays the incredible detail and rich palette for which he is renowned
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Georges Croegaert
1848-1923 | Belgian

The Scholar

Signed "Georges Croegaert Paris" (lower right)
Oil on panel

This oil on panel by Belgian artist Georges Croegaert is a rich and exuberant portrait of the life of a clergyman. Entitled The Scholar, the painting displays a wonderful sense of realism, exhibiting Croegaert’s skill for capturing texture, light, shadow, and detail in each and every brushstroke. His works are distinguished by his uncanny gift for meticulous workmanship and are beloved for their intrinsic humor and charm.

Born in Antwerp in 1848, Croegaert studied at the local Academy, where he was greatly influenced by the style of his relation Jan Jakob Croegaert van Bree. He moved to Paris in 1876 and established himself as an important painter of genre scenes, society women, and, most of all, Cardinals. Paintings exposing the worldly wealth enjoyed by the high-ranking members of the Church where highly popular during this era of French history. Discontent with the hypocrisy and lavish lifestyles of the clergy, the public welcomed satirical works such as this one.

It was Croegaert's tremendous skill for detail that offered the greatest commentary on the lifestyles led by high-ranking officials of the Church. In The Scholar, elaborate furniture and exotic fabrics are set against lavish wall coverings to convey a scene of opulence and luxury. Croegaert's dedication to detail was so exacting that he often used single-hair mink brushes, allowing him to achieve the minute details found in the present work.

The artist exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon between 1882 and 1914, as well as other locales throughout Paris, Brussels, and Vienna. He experienced worldwide popularity during his lifetime, particularly amongst wealthy English and American collectors.

Panel: 16 1/4" high x 13 1/8" wide
Frame: 20 1/4" high x 17 1/8" wide
The Scholar by Georges Croegaert
Maker: Croegaert, Georges
Period: 1816-1918
Origin: Belgium
Type: Paintings
Depth: 2.0 Inches
Width: 17.13 Inches
Height: 20.25 Inches
Style: Academic
Canvas Width: 13.125 Inches
Canvas Height: 16.25 Inches

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