"Louis-eugène Lambert (1825-1900) The Mountain That Gives A Mouse, Original Signed Drawing"Louis-Eugène Lambert (1825-1909)
La Montagne qui accouche d'une souris (The Mountain and the mouse)
Pen and black ink, ink wash on paper
Signed lower left
23.5 x 15 In a beautiful frame: 45 x 35 cm
The subject of this drawing is "La montagne qui accouche d'une souris" literally translated : the Mountain gives birth of a mouse ,this expression dates backto the seventeenth century, it was made famous by a fable of Jean de la Fontaine. This metaphor compares the size of a mountain to an ambitious project that is expected to be much and for which we obtain a mouse, that is, something insignificant.
Louis-Eugene Lambert ( Paris , September 24, 1825-Paris, May 17, 1900) is a French animal painter.
He was a student of Eugène Delacroix, he specialized in the representation of cats and dogs.
He started at the Salon of 1847 and took the nickname of "Lambert of cats" or "Raphael of cats". His paintings had a great commercial success.
Member of the French Society of Watercolor (1879-1896), his paintings are kept in major museums: British Museum , Luxembourg Museum , Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon , Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes , Stedelijk Museum , Brooklyn Museum , Art Museum Cincinnati , municipal Museum of fine arts of Ixelles , Museum of Clamecy etc.
Friend of Maurice Sand , in 1844, he moved to Nohant at George Sand's house . Having to stay there for only one month, he will remain there fourteen years and will participate actively in the "Theater of Nohant" .