Dimensions : H. 25.5 x W. 18.8 inches (With frame: H. 35.8 x W. 29 inches)
François Lanfant de Metz was born in Sierck (Moselle, France), on August 23, 1814, and died in Le Havre in 1892.
He showed his talents as a painter in the studio of Ary Scheffer (1795-1858), who was an old master of genre scenes of the French academic romantic style.
François Lanfant de Metz always signed his last name with the addition of "de Metz", which indicates where he is originally from. Metz was both the most famous city and closest city to his hometown Moselle.
Lanfant de Metz was without a doubt the best childhood themed French painter of the 19th century. He depicts childhood as carefree and playful through scenes of children holding hands in a circle and singing nursery rhymes. These genre scenes are always full of humor and show Lanfant de Metz's keen sense of observation.
From 1843 to 1866, he exhibits at the Salon des Artistes Français in Paris.
Lanfant de Metz pretty much only painted small-sized compositions.
This subject shown in our painting gives Lanfant de Metz the opportunity to show his talent as a colorist. His brushstrokes are precise and he gives his figures a certain manner to them. Lanfant de Metz depicts them with a lot of veracity and life which is what makes the figures in his paintings so charming.
Marseille, MuCem (Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée)
E. Bénézit, édition Gründ, Tome VIII, pages 234-235.