Surrounded by a floral and foliate giltwood frame, this antique French hunting dog painting exhibits a high level of artist skill, and it is a must-own for any dog lover. The canvas is signed in the lower right corner by the artist, “E Petit”. Eugene Petit was a French painter born in Paris in 1839. Educated by Muller and Dieterle at the Beaux Arts, Petit is part of the French School, 19th century, a group of French artists active during the 1800’s.
A pair of hunting dogs (one a white Brittany with orange markings, the other a black and tan Gordon setter) traverse a verdant hill lined with purple flowers and small shrubbery. The arrival of the duo has startled four pheasants into taking flight, rising into a blue sky filled with fluffy clouds.
Eugene Petit was known for frequently painting hunting and horse scenes, as well as nature morte (still life). The painting seen here seems to be one of his finer hunting dog scenes, with crisp, vibrant color and finely executed details. Petit made his debut at the Paris Salon in 1863.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with light nicks and small repairs to the canvas. Minor buildup and rubs to gilt frame, with slight losses. Likely re-varnished. The painting is not rigged for hanging.