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Adolf Eberlé (1843-1914), German
OIL ON PANEL, 8 x 10 inches
During the 1860s and 1870s, a number of successful genre artists emerged from studies at the Royal Academy in Munich to paint lighthearted scenes of everyday life such as this one by Adolf Eberlé. A young boy dressed in traditional Bavarian costume tries out the new crossbow that the older man, perhaps his father or grandfather, has just built at his workbench. Wealth, the painting suggests, is not a prerequisite for happiness.