Bernard Louis Borione - The Musician-19th century French Oil painting
oil painting on board -Signed
frame size 18 x 20"
board size 14 x 16"
Bernard Louis Borione was a painter of religious figure genre* and interior scenes. He was 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. Genre painting had made a comeback in 19th century France and so had the trend for anti-clericalism. Borione was part of a group of painters that depicted domestic antics of members of the higher echelons of the Roman Catholic Church, especially Cardinals in elegant dress and sumptuous surroundings, and his paintings proved fascinating to many members of the French citizenry.
"His 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." (Burlington) Borione exhibited his paintings at the Salon des Artistes Francais*. Also he is thought to have been the illustrator for a book by Henri Gheon entitled Les Propos Interrompus (published in 1926).