How it used to be

Oil on canvas 33 x 41 cm

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This painting was commissioned by the grandson of the couple in the foreground. His father is the baby in arms. Apart from being a reminder of one family’s past, the picture depicts a scene that was once common in France, with a small tank locomotive and its train on a narrow-gauge secondary line (‘chemin de fer économique’). The platforms are beaten earth, the buildings are standardised and the arrival of the train is an event in the day. Mareuil-sur-Arnon is in the Cher region.