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Paul Charles Chocarne-Moreau

The Unexpected Surprise

Property of a Private Collector, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Paul Charles Chocarne-Moreau

Paul Charles Chocarne-Moreau

The Unexpected Surprise

The Unexpected Surprise

Property of a Private Collector, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Paul Charles Chocarne-Moreau

French

1855 - 1931

The Unexpected Surprise


signed Chocarne Moreau (lower right)

oil on canvas

canvas: 24 ½ by 20 in.; 62.2 by 50.8 cm

framed: 37½ by 33¾ in.; 95.2 by 85.7 cm

The canvas is lined and on a new stretcher. The paint surface is stable and in good condition. Faint pattern of craquelure in the sky at left. Under UV light, varnish fluoresces green and figures have been selectively cleaned; two small areas of retouching in the sky at left and to address aforementioned craquelure.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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Sale: Sotheby's, New York, 3 May 2000, lot 163
Born in Dijon, Chocarne-Moreau studied under William Bouguereau and Joseph Nicolas Robert-Fleury. He specialized in whimsical pictures of young boys, chimney sweeps, and kitchen-hands cavorting in the streets of Paris, selling, stealing, and playing tricks on each other. 

He was a frequent and successful exhibitor at the Paris Salons, receiving honorable mention in 1886 and a bronze medal in 1889 at the Exposition Universelle.