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Gerne scene in Rococo interior with noble musician and his attentive listener was executed by French genre painter Bernard Louis Borione (born in Paris in 1865). He was a pupil of his father and the artist Evariste Luminais B. Borione specialised in painting genre subjects and interiors. The domestic antics of members of the higher echelons of the Roman Catholic Church exercised a powerful fascination for a number of popular painters and their patrons in the second half of the nineteenth century and in this Borione was no exception. The intimate portrayals of the life of the clergy are at once amusing and full of character but also highly skilful in execution. The use of Episcopal purple or crimson enhances the artist´s palette and adds richness to an already sumptuous interior. Borione exhibited his paintings at the Salon des Artistes Francais and his works were as popular then as they are now.
For other works by this painter see items No.: 1045; 1361.
Literature: E. Benezit " Dictionary of painters, sculptors, decorators and etchers"(in French), Paris, 1999
Inscription: signed and inscribed “B.Borione, Paris“, lower left, a bronze plaque with the artist‘s name mounted to the frame.
Technique: oil on canvas. Luxuriousy original period gold-plated frame.
Inscription: signed lower right.
Measurements: unframed w 13 1/4" x h 18 1/4" (33,5 x 46,5 cm ) , framed 20 1/8" x 25 1/4" ( 51 x 64 cm )