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Here is a painting by Thomas Couture (1815-1879), as a docent I enjoy presenting it  to the public. I fell in love with this painting when I saw it in the restoration wing of the NGC by the curators. Fiona Beckett was the person responsible for restoration and in this short video, the story of Souper à la Maison d’Or by Thomas Couture is explained. This painting is now on permanent long term loan from the Vancouver Art Gallery to the National Gallery in Ottawa. There is a lot of history in this painting and a lot of meanings, the overall feeling is disenchantment which for 1855 Paris was a prevailing sentiment amongst the  people known to Couture.