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Manuel Barthold, Oil on Canvas ‘A Girl with a Kitten ‘


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Manuel Barthold
French American
Born: Moscow, Russia 1874 – Died: Montevideo, Uruguay 1947

A Girl with a Kitten
Oil on Canvas
Canvas: 35 x 42 cm
Frame: 49 x 57 cm

Shortly after Manuel Barthold’s birth in Moscow in 1874 his family emigrated to the USA. An American citizen, he became a naturalized Frenchman after moving to Paris in 1894 to develop his technique in the then capitol of the art world, a typical transition for late 19th Century painters. He studied in Paris with August Cormon and Jean-Paul Laurens. He received a number of awards throughout his career, including the gold medal at the Salons des Artistes francais (1904) and the French Legion of Honour (1926). He travelled extensively in his later working years, passing away in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1947. Barthold often painted portraits and scenes of grouped figures. Here, typically, subtle tones meet an animating brush technique, and an affecting dialogue between a moment of light and the sitter’s expression is sustained.