FREDERICK ARTHUR BRIDGMAN
Inscribed on the reverse F.A. Bridgman 1881
Oil on board
9½ x 7½ inches (24 x 19 cm)
Framed: 19 x 17 inches (48 x 43 cm)
This is a preparatory study for the artist's painting of the same title exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1883. The subject is based on Jean de la Fontaine's fable La Cigale et la fourmi. A large study in oil depicting the same figure and dating from 1882 was included in a sale at Sotheby's, New York on May 23rd, 1997.
cf. Lois Marie Fink, American Art at the Nineteenth-Century Paris Salons, Washington, DC, 1990, p. 325 for listing of the Salon painting La Cigale