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Born in Turin, Italy in 1849, Brunery was an academic painter. Moved moved to Paris in the 1860s, where he studied with Jean-Léon Gérôme and Léon Bonnat. It is unclear when he left Paris, but possible due to the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71. During this time, Brunery painted the Venetial canals, piazzas and bridges, perhaps using the plein-air technique of painting on the site.


Brunery developedan interest in Cardinal painitngs, depicting cardinals of the catholic church in comical or embarrassing situation.  It is believed that Brunery along with Landini, Vibert and Crogaert, established the Cardinal School of Painters.

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