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 Alfred Arthur Brunel de Neuville  (1851 - 1941)

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Lived/Active: France      Known for: figure, still life, animal painting

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Biography from Wolf's Fine Art:
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A highly skilled artist of the French school, Alfred Arthur Brunel de Neuville painted primarily animals, still lives, fruits, and occasionally flowers.  A student of his father, he received a rather basic foundation in the fine art of painting, and spent the rest of his career elaborating upon it, improving his talents all the while.

In 1879, Brunel de Neuville began exhibiting at the famed Paris Salon.  That first year, he presented to the audience a piece entitled Pommes et raisin, and then in 1880 showed his Halte de chasse, a scene of frolicking kittens very appreciated and widely executed at the time.  The artist continued to paint kittens through out his career and his works on this subject are highly valued.  In 1889, he began to exhibit at the Salon des Artistes Francais with a canvas depicting a still life of fish, and continued participating in shows at this institution until 1909.  In 1907, this group made him an associated member.

In his celebrated still lives of fruits, the velvety richness of their smooth and silky texture is set in opposition to the rougher material of wicker baskets.  Brunel de Neuville was in addition rather well-known for his wonderful ability to render the texture and shine of copper pots, and this aspect of his oeuvre is commonly reproduced and cited.  In the history of French painting, he most definitely earned a lasting reputation as a highly skilled artist with a fantastic ability to bring the contents of his canvases to life.

Literature:
Benezit, Emmanuel. Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs. (Paris: Librairie Grund, 1976, 1999).

Hardouin-Fugier, Elisabeth and Etienne Grafe. French Flower Painters of the 19th Century: A Dictionary. (London: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd., 1989).

Hardouin-Fuger, Elisabeth and Etienne Grafe. Les Peintres de Fleurs en France de Redoute a Redon. (Paris: Les Editions de l'Amateur, 1992).

Hardouin- Fugier, Elisabeth. Les Peintres de Natures Mortes en France au XIXe Siecle. (Paris: Les Editions de l'Amateur, 1998).

Schurr, Gerald and Pierre Cabanne. Dictionnaire des Petits Maitres de la Peinture 1820 - 1920. (Paris: Les Editions de l'Amateur, 1996).

Biography from Cotai Fine Art:
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One of the most popular subjects for an artist during the 19th century was cats and dogs. As the Industrial Revolution progressed and more people moved to the large cities, the number of people keeping cats and dogs as pets increased.  With this increase more and more artists were called upon to paint charming and sentimental works featuring the domesticated animals. 

Arthur A. Brunel de Neuville was a French 19th century artist working in Paris who took up the call and devoted his artistic talent to portraying the different moods of cats and kittens.  A typical scene includes a small feline family drinking from a bowl of milk, playing with a ball of yarn or toying with a bug.  His animals are often set against a dark background, in the corner of a room, and are painted in a mixture of the Academic and Impressionist styles.

Brunel de Neuville also painted a number of still life paintings during his lifetime.  These works are often rustic in feeling and definitely reflect the Realist tradition that was so prevalent during the late 19th century.

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