Oil on canvas, laid on board
This artist was born on 9th June 1837 in Cuesmes-Les-Mons and had his artistic training initially as a pupil at the Mons Academy but later in the studio of the renowned realistic orientalist painter Jean François Portaels.
He was best known as a painter of genre subjects, portraits and of floral still lives but also produced a number of landscapes. Fontaine was a participant in the Ghent Exhibition of 1868. The Mons Museum has some of his works in its collection.
He died on 12th April 1884 at Ixelles-Les-Bruxelles.
Bibliography: Lexicon of the Belgian Romantic Painters - William G Flippo
Dictionnaire des Peintres - E Benezit
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A Gentleman with his Greyhounds and his Son on a Pony inspecting a pair of chestnut Hunters in an extensive Landscape
A full-length portrait of a Hanoverian officer holding a spontoon standing in a landscape, a military encampment by a castle beyond
Portrait of a noblewoman in ermine-trimmed cape, feathered and jewelled headdress, holding a gold locket
A larder still-life with a cockerel hanging from a hook and a sleeping boy with game and a gun at the window