Jules Triquet began his studies as a painter under the famed instructors, Tony Robert-Fluery, Eugene Le Roux and Bouguereau. Beginning in the 1890’s Triquet actively painted portraits, landscapes, historical scenes and genre pictures. Today, the Musée de Rouen has a landscape and a portrait by the artist in their permanent collection.
La Petite Penseur clearly expresses Triquet's skills as an academic painter. It is tightly executed with a high degree of finish in the young girl, and the artist's ability to depict light and shadow assists in orchestrating a mood and sophisticated composition.