L'elegance: Mère et fille', 1879
Oil on panel
14in. x 10.25in
Signed and dated
Galerie Charpentier, Paris in 1951.with Laing Galleries, Toronto.Anonymous sale; Palais Galliera, Paris, 23 June 1961, lot 128. Note: Norbert Goeneutte painted this affectionate portrait of mother and child at the age of only twenty-five. At the time, he lived in the centre of Paris, and chose scenes of contemporary Parisian life as his subject. Whilst he would capture the hustle and bustle of crowds on the Boulevard de Clichy or The Pont de l'Europe, this studio setting offers a more intimate and focused portrait of his Parisian subject.Goeneutte greatly admired Manet, who he met at the Père Lathuille, a famous cabaret. When his tutor at the École des Beaux-arts, Isidore Pils died, his fellow students petitioned Manet to teach them. When he declined, Goeneutte created his own studio. In 1879, Goeneutte married Eva Gonzalès, one of Manet's models. Goeneutte was also greatfly influenced by Renoir during this period, and posed for several of the latter’s portraits.The respect was reciprocal, as Antonin Proust commented; “Manet once told me; you should get to know Norbert, he is an artist.” in his introduction to the Goeneutte retrospective held at the École des Beaux-Arts in 1895.In later life Goeneutte left the city behind on the advice of Paul Gachet, the doctor of fellow artist Vincent van Gogh. He painted around Auvers-sur-Oise with artists including Charles-Francois Daubigny.