Location: Baton Rouge
Although Ferdinand de Braeckeleer's (1828-1857) career was short, he did manage to produce excellent works which have been displayed in museums across Northern Europe, such as this example. Survived with its original frame, it is an excellent window into rural life of the 18th and 19th century or early Realism. Realism in the arts may be generally defined as the attempt to represent subject matter truthfully without artificiality and avoiding artistic conventions, implausible, exotic and supernatural elements. In general, Realists depicted everyday subjects and situations in contemporary settings, and attempted to depict individuals of all social classes in a similar manner. Ferdinand de Braekeleer the Younger - as he was called - was trained by his famous father, Ferdinand de Braekeleer the Elder of Antwerp (1792-1883). The De Braekeleers were an artistic family; his brother and also his cousin were well-known artists, but none more famous as his father who as an orphan rose from poverty to be exhibited in The Salon de Paris and whose works are now exhibited in many museums and private collections throughout the world.
Measures 24.5 x 31.5 overall; canvas 14 x 21.