Tattegrain, Francis (1852-1915; French)
The Convalescent (1884)
Oil on canvas, 81.7 x 117.0 cm
Gift of William Dean, 1885
National Gallery of Victoria (p.310.8-1)
Shown at the Paris Salon in 1884, this work typifies the sentimental strain of later 19th-century French painting, while also giving the impression of a closely-cropped photograph.
The artist, a native of Péronne, in Northern France, was a well-regarded naturalist painter, best known for his seascapes. He studied at the Académie Julian, and exhibited at the Salon from 1878.
AR 1884, p.36 (as received 22 Jan.1885); NGV 1894, p.40 (I.La Trobe Gallery, no.52; ill.); NGV 1905, p.24 (I.La Trobe Gallery, no.44; ill.)
For the artist, see Bénézit 13, pp.719-20 (listing this work); and http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Tattegrain