Toy Shop Window

about Timoléon Marie Lobrichon

Eminent painters of the nineteenth century focused their gaze tenderly upon children and created images full of charm. Timoléon Marie Lobrichon was skilful in his rendering of children at their pastimes and revealed not only their images but their characters in a very real way. He developed the genre to a high degree of detail and finish, leaving the viewer to marvel at his interpretation.

A pupil of François-Edouard Picot, Lobrichon was born in Cornod, France, in 1831. A contemporary writer noted that “M. Lobrichon is very fond of children and childish scenes, he likes to paint their small woes and joys, and if he can invent a little drama in which to make them figure, his happiness in complete… The painter of these charming scenes of infancy is always somewhat liable to the grave charge of pandering to the popular taste, unless, as in the case of M. Lobrichon, he manifests, by the excellence of his work, that his call to the ministry is sure.” Amongst the titles of his works, La vitrine du magasin de jouetsToy Shop Window — is probably the one which sums up very nicely his vision of world and things. He died in Paris, in 1914.


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