Theophile Emmanuel Duverger

The two friends
Signed lower left
Size: 35 x 27cm
With frame 80 x 68 cm
Price: 9000 €

The watercolourist gives us here a scene of very tender complicity between a little girl and her pet.

A decor made up of multiple works of art: paintings, sculptures, tapestry, rugs and drawing board let you imagine the interior of an artist or an art lover.

Note the excellent craftsmanship of the watercolourist whose mastery of the brush serves the anecdote with great delicacy.

Self-taught, Théophile Emmanuel Duverger trained in painting and watercolor by studying the works of great masters in museums. His attentive eye absorbs and reproduces their technique and their colors, their play of light…

His personal learning has the advantage of letting his art and his inspiration evolve freely, outside the constraints of production and the canons attached to the workshops.

The artist made his debut at the Salon of 1846; he won several medals. He settled in 1860 in Ecouen, near Paris, and joined the colony of painters in Ecouen; commune which became one of the most famous centers of genre painting. The reputation extends as far as Great Britain and auction houses in the United States compete for the works.


• Gérard Schurr, Pierre Cabane, Dictionary of the little masters of painting, 1820-1920 , t. II, Paris, Editions de l’amateur, 1996.

Museums :

• Bordeaux, Cambrai, Glasgow, Hamburg, Luxembourg, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.