These two works are quite characteristic of Gervex's work after 1880. In a bourgeois
interior, comparable to the décor in Rolla
, the young lady is terrified as a burglar is storming in. She holds onto the gentleman who seems quite satisfied by the disturbance. Little did she know that the latter put his friend up to it, so she would seek consolation in his arms. This work is an illustration for a naturalist novel which is unfound to this day, probably inspired by a tale by La Fontaine.
We are thankful to Mr. Pralong-Gourvennec for authenticating theseworks which will be included in the catalogue raisonné in preparation and for writing this catalogue note. A certificate will be delivered to the buyer.