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Antique landscape oil painting by French artist, Charles Edouard Frère (1837-1894), signed in the bottom right with a dedication, 'a l'amiable Grimaldi'.  This wonderful old painting from the mid 1800's is a delight, it is said that Frère would paint any landscape as long as he could include horses.  Here, the horses are ploughing the field, encouraged by their owner.  It's on a smooth wood board and shows believable hues of the French countryside, a clear blue sky under which the animated horses labour, a captivating and traditional French school painting of the impressionist genre.


Medium: Oil on wood

Overall size, including frame: 20ins x 16.5ins or 42cms x 51cms (approx)

Date: Mid 1800's

Condition: The painting, is in good antique condition but you should expect imperfections associated with age.  The Regency look frame is very attractive, vintage, not the original and has cracks and missing paint etc throughout.   

Signed: Charles Edouard Frère (1837-1894).  Charles was born on 10 July 1837, in Paris, he died 3 November 1894 at Ecouen.  Tragically killed when falling from a galloping horse. He was a painter of genre scenes, landscapes, landscapes with figures, animals, particularly horses.

Charles was the son of Pierre-Edouard Frère and nephew of Théodore Frère. He studied initially under his father, and then under Thomas Couture and Alexandre Defaux, before going on to exhibit at the Paris Salon from 1861 to 1893.

From an early age, Frère ostensibly painted landscapes; in fact, they were only there as a background against which to portray horses in various postures. Examples of his work include Horse Grooming, Farrier, Demolition Work in Paris, Leading, Mule-Driver in the Alpes-Maritimes, Cart Race and Horse Dealers.  Ecouen School.

This painting is shipped by Colissimo track and trace and fully insured

Horses in a landscape by Charles Edouard Frère


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