Leger-Cherelle (French, 1816-1867)
Des Enfants traînant un chariot chargé de fruits
Oil on panel
Measurements: 12 inches by 18 inches (19.5 inches by 25 inches with frame)
In original giltwood carved exhibition frame.
Exhibited: Leger-Cherelle exhibited the pair of works at the Beaux-Arts Salon of 1845 under the titles "Erigone et des Enfants traînant un chariot chargé de fruits" (a pair of paintings, the present work bearing the latter title)
Reviewed in the "Revue de Rouen et de la Normandie: Beaux Arts 1845", vol.13, pg.38.
A translation into English (from French) of the 1845 review:
"Several mythological subjects at the exhibition seem to invite our imagination to return to the ancient ideal. In the first row/of the first calibre, we must place the compositions of Mr. Leger-Cherelle: Erigone and Children dragging a cart loaded with fruit. These two pictures are of a beautiful and strong colour; the fruits that appear there are in high relief and appear succulent. There is no doubt as to the accuracy and correctness of the drawing; but there is, in all these two compositions, a full-scale elegance, a virile grace which completes and supports the powerful effect already gives by the colour. The most serious reproach to Mr. Leger-Cherelle is that he devotes himself so completely to the imitation of certain masters (Delacroix), that he seems to have no other purpose than to emulate him; s o that, in all the merit that we can recognize this artist, is unfortunately a large part of borrowing from his Master."
Leger-Cherelle and his fruit paintings that were exhibited in the 1844 and 1845 Salon (of which one being the present work) are referenced in the published work "Lettres de Eugene Delacroix: recueillies et publics par Philippe Burty" 1880. The fruit paintings exhibited in 1844/45 are referred to as follows:
" Leger-Cherelle was a good and honest young man, well read, who for many years exhibited fruit paintings of excellent colour. He sent to the Salon from 1844 to 1845 a figure of Pomona holding a basket of fruit, a beautiful effect."
Leger-Cherelle is registered on rue Guenegaud (Paris) in the 1845 Paris Salon registry. He was born at Versailles in 1816.