Berjon worked mainly in his native Lyon, an important centre for the production of floral silks (see the dress of Ingres’s Madame Moitessier). At first a fabric designer, he became the leading figure of the Lyonese school of flower painters. Here his casual arrangement of the basket and precisely textured peaches and petals – the orange nasturtium is ready to fall – gives a sense of movement to this still life.
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