T03638 HEAD OF A CHILD (Jean-René Carrière?) c.1891
Oil on cardboard 9 3/4 × 6 3/4 (247 × 171)
Inscribed ‘EUGENE CARRIERE’ b.centre
Presented anonymously in memory of Terence Rattigan 1983
Prov: Roland, Browse and Delbanco (bought at a sale at the Hôtel Drouot, Paris, in December 1954); the donor 1955
Exh: French Paintings and Drawings of the 19th and 20th Century, Roland, Browse and Delbanco, April–May 1955 (17)
This painting, which appears to represent a boy, is almost certainly a portrait of one of the artist's own children. The most likely subject would be his second son, Jean-René Carrière, who was born in 1888, as his first son Eugène Léon was born as early as 1881 and his third son Arsène as late as 1899; dates which seem too early and too late on stylistic grounds. If it is Jean-René, and he is aged about two and a half, the picture must have been painted c.1891.
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986