Signed below right, watercolor, dimensions without frame 16 x 12 cm (oval). Price € 525.
An endearing little watercolor of a girl ready for communion, a bible in her hand; presented in a decorative frame ornamented with a particularly appropriate bow. Both watercolor and frame are in excellent condition.
The artist Otto Eerelman, who was educated in Groningen, Antwerp, Paris and Brussels, is renowned for his scenes of horses and dogs. But Eerelman has also distinguished himself as a genre and figure painter. That Eerelman mastered the painting of people like no other, is shown in this extraordinarily beautiful watercolor of a 'communion girl'. That the young lady goes to communion can be seen from the scripture that she holds in her right hand. The girl looks straight at us with an expressive and intelligent gaze.
In a watercolor, the paper not only functions as a carrier but is visibly part of the artwork. That is also the case here. Eerelman has achieved an optimal painterly effect with a minimum of resources, including the application of white highlights. The watercolor is contained in a beautiful oval Louis XVI list. The bow on top of the frame is returned in the girl's bridal dress.
The work of Otto Eerelman is in all major museum collections in the Netherlands, including the Rijksmuseum, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and the Groninger Museum. His work rejoices in great interest. Various monographs have appeared about the life and work of Otto Eerelman.