Childhood paintings. Remembering a simpler time

  • Boy with a Toy Soldier - Pierre-Auguste Renoir

    Boy with a Toy Soldier

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    – This portrait of an adorable boy with his toy will surely remind us of the young ones in the family who like holding on to their toys no matter what they do.
    – Renoir was dedicated to portraiture and figure painting. His penchant for portraiture attracted the attention of a range of patrons with avant-garde sensibilities. His patrons included wealthy people such as Eugene Murer, Madame Georges Charpentier, and Paul Bérard.

  • I'se Biggest! - Arthur John Elsley

    I’se Biggest!

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    – “I’se Biggest!” painting was reproduced as a print and became so popular that it had to be re-engraved due to wear.
    – Elsley’s paintings were in great demand by print publishers. Many of his paintings were sought out for publicity campaigns and advertisements.

  • In Summertime - Edward Henry Potthast

    In Summertime

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    – Potthast is known for his paintings of children and adults bathing at the beach and river. In June 2013, ninety of his works were showcased at an exhibit called “Eternal Summer: The Art of Edward Henry Potthast” at the Cincinnati Art Museum.
    – For some

  • Margot (Lefebvre) in Blue - Mary Cassatt

    Margot (Lefebvre) in Blue

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    – Cassatt painted many portraits of Margot wearing different costumes. If you like this one, you may want to look up the others.
    – Although her family objected to her becoming a professional artist, Cassatt eventually became a role model for young American artists. She also inspired Canadian female artists who were members of the Beaver Hall Group.

  • Portrait of Henry Bernstein as a Child - Édouard Manet

    Portrait of Henry Bernstein as a Child

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    – Henri Bernstein was a popular playwright who was known for a series of sensational melodramas. He was also known for his campaigns against Nazism and anti-Semitism. His anti-Nazi play Elvire played in Paris until the city fell to the Germans.
    – The sailor’s suit depicted in this was popular in Europe and America in the 19th century and has since been adopted as school uniforms in some Asian countries.

  • Sewing - William-Adolphe Bouguereau


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    – Bouguereau only accepted a few commissions in his youth. He refused to be dictated to regarding this matter and one can truly say that he only painted what pleased him.
    – Nothing will inspire children more than seeing other children learning a craft at an early age.

  • Sharing a Meal - Henry Jules Jean Geoffroy

    Sharing a Meal

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    – Henry’s talent for painting children made him much sought after by wealthy families to paint portraits of their children. He was eventually hired as a book illustrator for children by the author Pierre-Jules Hetzel.
    – Many of us probably remember doing something like this as a child. Some of us may even recall being more generous to the pet when we do not like our food.

  • The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit - John Singer Sargent

    The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit

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    – When it was exhibited in Paris in 1882 and 1883, critics were struck by its unusual composition. It has been described as “Arguably the most psychologically compelling painting of Sargent’s career”.
    – The painting was heavily influenced by Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas which is interpreted as “Maids-in-Waiting”. The relationship between the paintings was considered so significant that the Museum of Fine Arts loaned it to the Museo del Prado in 2010 so that the paintings could be exhibited together.

  • The Volunteers - Frederick Daniel Hardy

    The Volunteers

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    – Frederick Daniel Hardy’s works commanded high prices during his lifetime. His artwork can now be found in numerous public collections including that of the Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
    – This painting will probably remind you of a time when you pretended that you are working just like your parents. Maybe it will remind you of your children as you see you them behaving the same way.

  • Three Children of Richard Arkwright with a Goat - Joseph Wright Of Derby

    Three Children of Richard Arkwright with a Goat

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    – Joseph Wright of Derby painted portraits of intellectuals, industrialists and other wealthy clients. He had close contact with pioneering industrialists of the Midlands, and one of his patrons was Sir Richard Arkwright Sr., the grandfather of the children in the painting. He was credited as the creator of the factory system in the cotton industry.
    – This portrait represents not only Richard Arkwright’s love and care for his children but also his hopes and aspirations for them.


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