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I longed to paint this picture as it captured my imagination. The detail the objects in this room (perhaps the study) the painter engrossed in his work of still life. I have an affinity with these paintings, dreaming back to past times wishing I was part of that era, how exciting for artists for that period!

by BERNARD LOUIS BORIONE 1865 – unknown

Born in Paris in 1865. He was a pupil of his father, Guillaume-Marie Borione (1816-1887) a French genre and portrait painter, and of his mother, the artist Evariste Luminais 1822-1896, a historical and genre painter. Under their tuition, he developed his ability for finely painted works with highly detailed figures and interiors. During the 19th century people developed a vivid fascination for the past and this was particularly true in France where memories of the deposed monarchy were still strong and the political situation still volatile. Borione’s work is full of character and atmosphere while his use of colour adds richness to an already sumptuous interior. Artistes Francais and his works were as popular then as they are now.

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