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The French Family
The French Family
Artist:
Date:
ca. 19th century
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Watercolor
Dimensions:
Sheet: 410 x 532 mm (16 1/8 x 20 15/16 in.)
Department:
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Europe
Provenance:

George de Batz collection no. 146

Accession Number:
1967.17.160
Acquisition Date:
1967-01-01
Credit Line:

Museum purchase, Georges de Batz Collection, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Endowment Fund

Exhibition History:

Bedford Gallery, Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA: Family Matters, 1996.

A French family is portrayed having fun at home: The parents are dancing gracefully, inspiring their son and daughter to do the same. All four have powdered hair and aristocratic clothing, even though some of it has rips. A younger daughter stands barefoot, holding up her skirt as she tries to place her feet in the proper dance position. Her little brother sits at the side tooting on a small horn and tapping with a stick, as the pet dogs (one in a dress and hat) prance before him on their hind legs. Music for all this is provided by an older man who hops about as he plays his fiddle. The house is humble, with wood plank floor, plaster falling off the walls, a pallet bed leaning against the wall to make room for the dancing. A wall cupboard door is open, revealing the family cat climbing up to inspect the bottles and other containers therein. A paper with drawing of an awkward dancing couple (Dutch, perhaps?) is tacked to the wall behind the dancers. (Virginia K. Anderson 03/13/95)