Painter Bernard Karfiol grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island, New York, an American who was born in 1886 in Budapest, Hungary. He attended the National Academy of Design, New York City, when he was only fourteen. He traveled by himself to Paris at the tender age of fifteen to study at the Academie Julien with Jean-Paul Laurens, and the Ecole de Beaux-Arts. He exhibited at the Grand Salon and the Salon d'Automne. In Paris, Karfiol was influenced by the work of Paul Cezanne and Pierre Auguste Renoir.
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