• First Steps

    Artist:
    Gérard, Marguerite. 1761-1837
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    45,5x55 cm

Gérard, Marguerite. 1761-1837

First Steps

circa 1788

The main subject running through Marguerite Gérard’s work is the joys of family life and womanly virtues. The characters in her paintings are tender mothers, caring and affectionate nannies, charming kids, cats and dogs. Despite the fact that the range of subjects and images of Fragonard's pupil was quite monotonous, her paintings are not lacking in truth of life and fascination. Gérard's works were regularly exhibited at the Salon and were an unvarying success with the public. The distinctive features of her art, which combined the Rococo Style with Neoclassicism, are captivating narration and sentimentality. The clarity of drawing, local colours and smooth facture are the main features of Marguerite Gerard’s painting style.

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First Steps

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Technique:

oil

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45,5x55 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1925; transferred from the Yusupov Palace Museum in Leningrad; formerly in the Yusupovs' collection

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-6321

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