Geoffroy, Henri-Jules-Jean (French, 1853-1924)

Visiting Day at the Hospital


Reference Type:
Artwork
Year:
1889
Notes/Description:
In this painting, a working class father has come to visit his ill son in the hospital. Unlike the parent at the next bed, he sits watching his child rather than embracing him. He is not in a particularly comfortable position, which perhaps reflects the uncertainty of the situation. Viewers can imagine the look on his face as he sits on the edge of the chair with his hands on his knees, his back bent, and head slightly tilted as he observes his son. In addition to the father’s obvious concern, the serious nature of the boy’s illness can be discerned in several ways: he is in a deep sleep from which his father hesitates to wake him; he has eaten little of the orange on the table; and he is extremely pale. Geoffroy’s talent for painting children led to many commissions from wealthy families. He also wrote and illustrated children’s books. Notes by Mariann Smith
Keywords:
Art
Family Relationships
Hospitalization
Children
Illness and the Family
Pediatrics
Collection:
Musee d'Orsay, Paris