Het Jongste Broertje
Het Jongste Broertje (The Youngest Brother) by German Painter Johann Georg Meyer (1813 – 1886); who specialized in creating Biblical art scenes as well as genre peasant and family scenes.
Het Jongste Broertje is a beautiful warming scene of two young children; a boy and a girl of maybe 5 and 7 years of age watching over their baby brother who is sleeping in his crib while holding on to his baby rattle.
The central focus of the piece is on the children as the light streaming in through the window cast a warm glow over the children, and in the darker recesses of the room we can lightly see a bureau with a Bible resting on top along what appears to be two vases and a silver object.
The Youngest Brother is a retouched digital old masters reproduction of a public domain art masterpiece image.
Information Below Derived From Wikipedia.org
Johann Meyer began his artistic studies in 1834 at the age of 21, when he went to Düsseldorf and entered the Academy of Art, which was run by German Romantic Painter Friedrich Wilhelm Schadow (1789 – 1862), who was the son of German-Prussian sculptor Johann Gottfried Schadow (1764 – 1850).
Seven years later in 1841 Meyer his own studio in Düsseldorf, but later moved to Berlin in 1853 as his popularity and famed increased.
Though Meyer’s early interest was in creating scenes from the Bible; later on in his career he turned his attention to creating genre scenes of every day life , with a focus on Hessian peasantry, and then on the portrayal of the pathetic aspect of family life.
Such pictures as ‘The Jubilee of a Hessian Pastor’ c1843, ‘Christmas Eve,’ ‘Blindman’s Buff,’ ‘The Soldier’s Return,’ ‘The Inundation’ c1846, ‘The Repentant Daughter’ c1852, are full of intense sympathy with the “simple annals of the poor.”
He also painted other scene that took inspiration from childhood life, which included ‘The Little Flower Girl c1853’, ‘The Fairy Tale,’ ‘Children Playing Blindman’s Buff,’ ‘Grandfather and Grandchild,’ and others.
While later in his career also did paintings of yougn women, either in single or group poses; and these included ‘The Tryst’, ‘The Love Letter’ and ‘The Letter’ c1873.