Pierre Édouard Frère

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Portrait of Edouard Frère at work in his studio, by Cornelia W. Conant
Pierre Édouard Frère, The Little Cook, ca. 1858, oil on panel, 30.8 × 23.5 cm. Brooklyn Museum

Pierre Édouard Frère (Paris 10 January 1819 – 23 May 1886 Écouen), French painter, studied under Paul Delaroche, entered the École des Beaux-Arts in 1836 and exhibited first at the Salon in 1843. Among his chief works are the two paintings, Going to School and Coming from School, The Little Glutton (his first exhibited picture) and L'Exercice (in the 19th century this work was in John Jacob Astor's collection). A journey to Egypt in 1860 resulted in a small series of Orientalist subjects, but the majority of Frère's paintings deal with the life of the kitchen, the workshop, the dwellings of the humble, and mainly with the pleasures and little troubles of the young, which the artist brings before us with humor and sympathy, he was one of the most popular painters of domestic genre in the middle of the 19th century.

He was the father of the painter Charles Edouard Frère, and the brother of the orientalist painter Charles-Théodore Frère,[1] he ran a school in Ecouen that was the subject of an article by Cornelia W. Conant for Harper's Magazine in 1885.


  1. ^ Edouard Frère in the RKD


  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Frère, Pierre Édouard" . Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.