Artwork by Cornelius Krieghoff,  Louise and Emilie (Portrait of the Artist’s Wife and Daughter)

Cornelius Krieghoff
Louise and Emilie (Portrait of the Artist’s Wife and Daughter)

oil on board
signed and dated 1845 lower right
12.5 x 9.5 ins ( 31.8 x 24.1 cms )

Sold for $16,100.00
Sale date: November 23rd 2017

Watson Art Galleries, Montreal
Mrs. Percy C. Miller, Toronto
Masters Gallery Ltd., Calgary
Peter Ohler Fine Arts Ltd.,Vancouver
Private Collection, Calgary
Marius Barbeau, Cornelius Krieghoff (Gallery of Canadian Art 1), Toronto, 1962, reproduced page 6
Louise Gautier dit Saint-Germain was the daughter of the local butcher and baker “La Pocane,” of the village of Longueuil. She rode on the newly built railway to New York City, where she met Cornelius and Ernest Krieghoff at a hotel. After a brief period in the United States Army, the artist returned with Louise to her parental home in Longueuil with the promise of a comfortable home and career. This marks the beginning of Krieghoff's career of chronicling life and landscape in French Canada.

Louise appears with their daughter in Krieghoff's portrait “Louise and Emilie”. Emilie wears a medallion on her neck containing a picture of her father. The painting serves as a companion to the artist's own self-portrait, which resides in the National Gallery. In later years, Louise and Emilie reappear in many of Krieghoff's compositions as models of habitant life and activities.

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Cornelius Krieghoff
(1815 - 1872)

In 1837, Cornelius Krieghoff came to the United States and joined the American army until 1840. During his term of duty he made many sketches of the Seminole tribal war from which he later did paintings. He lived in Montreal for some time and participated in the Salon de la Societe des Artistes de Montreal with the painter Somerville. During his stay in Montreal he befriended the Indians at the Sault Saint-Louis Reservation (Caughnawaga) and made many sketches of them which he later used as inspiration for his paintings. In 1847, he was invited to participate in the first exhibition of the Toronto Society of Arts. In 1853, on the invitation of John Budden, auctioneer, he went to live in Quebec City. He returned to Europe in 1854 and visit Italy and Germany. Back in Canada in 1855, the artist painted winter scenes of farm houses as well as a great variety of themes. Most of the sketches he made since 1855 were destroyed in the Great Quebec Fire in 1881. In 1868 he retired in Chicago. He came back to Quebec City in 1871 only to return again to Chicago where he passed away on March 8.