Feeding Time by French Painter Francois Martin-Kavel (1861 – 1931); was a portrait artist special in delicate women’s genre scenes.
This is a portrait of a beautiful young lady with golden blonde hair sitting on a stone bench in either a garden or park area that have vines growing along the top of the back rest.
She is wearing on her head a white bonnet with mesh trim along the edge and a sky blue ribbon that is tied around it.
She has on a white soft cotton blouse, a matching blue dress with pink floral patterns that is lace tied at the front, and on the front of her dress is what appears to be one red and one yellow carnation.
In her left hand she is holding grass nest that has within it three hungry baby birds that she is feeding with her right hand, from a feeding dish that is resting on her right side on the bench.
In the background right behind her is a large split trunk tree, with lots of deep green leaves and further back through a forest area through a clearing we see an earth road that leads to a small village or town with red covered roof buildings and a large church with steeple that shines in the sunlight.
This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.
Info Below Derived From Artnet.com
François Martin-Kavel was a French genre painter who is best known for his idealized portraits of beautiful young women, which he often depicted in exotic costumes or in titillating states of undress.
Martin-Kavel notably often painted his female portraits in centered compositions that were surrounded by dark fabric backgrounds, and theatrically lit as though by spotlight shining on the model.
Even though François his known for his popular female figure portraits, he was also well known for his still life floral artwork and landscape paintings; and was a regular exhibitor at the Salon des Artistes Français.
As a member of the salon, he was awarded a medal for his artistic contributions in 1881.