An oil on board genre scene, titled "Two Boys with Bow and Arrow", signed l.l.; 15" x 12" (sight), 20" x 17" (framed).
Although born in Bordeaux on 11 October 1828, Dargelas made his way to Paris as a young man, where he was admitted to Ecole des Beaux-Arts on 6 April 1854. There he studied with the successful academic master, François Edouard Picot, who instructed his pupils in a neoclassical style reminiscent of his own teacher, Jacques-Louis David. Within three years, Dargelas began exhibiting at the annual Salon exhibition, creating compositions that demonstrated his mastery not only of standard academic formal techniques, but also his awareness of the increasing demand for imagery that spoke to the contemporary life of the French bourgeoisie.
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