Oil on panel: 40 x 56 cm
Signed and dated ‘David Bles ’71’ lower right
with a poem on the verso
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David Joseph Bles was a Dutch painter and printmaker. He received his first training at the drawing academy in The Hague and in the studio of Cornelis Kruseman from 1838 to 1841. In the following years he studied under Joseph Robert-Fleury in Paris, than returning to The Hague. He specialized in the playful depiction of the well-to-do middle classes in their domestic settings. The main character is a coquettish young woman on a sofa. The sun lights her pastel coloured dress and the hand which playfully strikes the kitten and a dog. Bles catches the atmosphere of intimate scenes like no other.