A day of chores abruptly ends with a dashed vase, an alarmed mother, a surprised dog and a remorseful young woman in this charming and expertly painted genre scene. Feyen renders each element of gesture, costume and object in the composition with a clarity that is nearly photographic; a testament to his academic training and skill.
Jacques-Eugène Feyen enrolled at l'École des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 1837 where he studied with Léon Cogniet and then later Paul Delaroche. He specialized in Breton seascapes and especially the activities of fishermen from Cancale, where he habitually spent his summers. Vincent van Gogh was a fan of Feyen and describes him as, "one of the few painters who pictures intimate modern life as it really is". He exhibited at the Salon in Paris from 1841 to 1882, where he was awarded medals in 1866 and 1880. He was also the recipient of the Légion d'Honneur in 1881.