In this mid-nineteenth century painting, 1863, a classroom composition shows a juxtaposition between the calm and studious group of girls focusing intently on their stitching, and the raucous and boisterous group of boys seemingly less focused on their work at hand as their teachers lead them through the day's activities. The incoming atmospheric, natural light, the highly technical narrative details are representative of the work of Belgian artist Basile de Loose (1809–1885). de Loose was a renowned Biedermeier-style artist known for his paintings of genre scenes, interiors and portraits. De Loose started his artistic education under the tutorship of his father, Jan-Jozef de Loose, and continued his studies afterwards at the Antwerp Academy. Bottom left signed "B. de Loose 1863". Measures: 34 x 37 in, 43 ¾ x 57 in framed.