National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through the NGV Foundation by Ms Deidre Cowan, Governor, 2002
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Eyre Crowe spent his childhood in France. At the age of fifteen, he entered the studio of the artist Paul Delaroche. Delaroche was renowned for large-scale history and narrative paintings which he rendered in a highly finished and detailed manner, in a style derived from Neo-Classicism. Crowe painted with an intense realism and he had a very fine technique, almost like that of a miniaturist. He also had remarkable powers of observation and related many subtle nuances of a scene, which gives his work a seductive impression of credibility and authenticity. Even during Crowe’s lifetime, his paintings were likened to photographs.