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Charles Burton Barber: paintings with animals and their little owners

Charles Burton Barber: paintings with animals and their little owners
Charles Burton Barber (1845–1894) was an outstanding English artist known for his genre paintings depicting idyllic scenes from the lives of children and their pets. Despite criticism for excessive sentimentality and indifference to the social problems of his time, warm and joyful images prevailed in his paintings.
Barber's formula for success was simple: he depicted children from wealthy families along with their pets in elegant interiors. Most often, his paintings were funny and cute genre scenes where children played with dogs or cats. These scenes evoked emotion and joy in the audience, which made Barber's paintings extremely popular among wealthy British families of the second half of the 19th century.

One of Barber's most devoted admirers was Queen Victoria. She repeatedly ordered him portraits of her dogs and grandchildren, which became the highest degree of recognition of his talent. The portraits Barber created for the royal family were created with the utmost care and attention to detail.
Barber didn't care about the critics who criticized him for being too sentimental. He preferred to write happy moments of life, full of light and warmth. This attracted many clients who wanted to immortalize the joyful moments of their lives and their families.

It is believed that Barber's paintings can be used to determine the most popular dog breeds among wealthy British families of the second half of the 19th century. Cavalier King Charles spaniels, setters, terriers and others are often seen on his canvases. These images not only conveyed the appearance of the animals, but also showed their character and relationships with their owners.

Despite the criticism, Barber managed to maintain his individuality and create a unique artistic style.
Source: arthive.com
              bonhams.com
              hainesgallery.com

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