Lot 224
Spring Auction: European Fine Art 2019
Maria Margaretha la Fargue (1743-1813)

A cosy old Dutch interior with a mother and her young children

signed and dated 'Maria M. la Fargue/fec 1771' (lower left)

oil on panel, 24x29 cm

-The present lot has been in the collection of the family of the present owner since the 1950s.

Maria Margaretha la Fargue (1743–1813) was the only woman in a family of painters from The Hague. She had four older brothers. She learned to draw and paint from her brothers Paul Constantijn la Fargue (1729–1782) and Jacob Elias la Fargue (1735–1778/98). Her brothers specialised in cityscapes, while Maria Margaretha painted genre pieces: scenes from everyday life, mostly mothers and their children. Maria Margaretha was particularly religious and wrote poems and prose. Along with her brothers, she worked in a family workshop where they created prints and illustrations for books. Maria Margaretha, who never married, had a modest income. Later in life she gave drawing lessons, and at the end of her life she was dependent on the dispensation of the Church. She died at the age of 70 in a charitable home for the sick and disadvantaged at Lange Beestenmarkt in The Hague.

€ 4.000,00
€ 6.000,00
€ 3.400,00

Hamerprijs: € 3.400