Timoleon-Marie LOBRICHON (Cornod, 1831 - Paris , 1914)
A pupil of François-Edouard Picot, Timoléon Lobrichon was a painter of portraits, landscapes and, from the 1870’s onwards, domestic genre scenes, with an emphasis on depictions of babies and children. Indeed, he developed a particular reputation as a painter of childhood scenes; 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.’ Lobrichon exhibited at the Salon from 1859 onwards, winning a medal in 1868, and also exhibited his work in Germany and Australia. Named to the Légion d’Honneur in 1882, Lobrichon also provided illustrations for Jean-Aicard’s Le Chanson de l’Enfant, published in 1884. Paintings by Lobrichon are in the collections of museums in Besançon, Châlons-sur-Marne, Limoges and elsewhere in France, as well as the New Orleans Museum of Art.