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The Nightlife of Paris Society by Jean-Georges Beraud (1849-1935) (18 images)







   





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Jean Béraud, 1848 – 1935, was a French painter renowned for his numerous paintings depicting the life of Paris, and the nightlife of Paris society.





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Pictures of the Champs Elysees, cafés, Montmartre and the banks of the Seine are precisely detailed illustrations of everyday Parisian life during the “Belle Époque”.

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He painted many scenes of Parisian daily life during the Belle Époque in a style that stands somewhere between the academic art of the Salon and that of the Impressionists.

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Béraud’s paintings often included truth-based humour and mockery of late 19th-century Parisian life, along with frequent appearances of biblical characters in then contemporary situations.

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After the Revolution, Russian artists received Béraud’s work with irony, seeing them as the embodiment of the Western commercial consumption, indulging in their opinion, in the rich middle-class tastes. Painting style gradually shifted from academic towards impressionism.

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Béraud – like his friend Édouard Manet (1832-1883), and in some of their paintings, Edgar Degas (1834-1917), depicted the urban life.

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Artistic techniques used by Béraud, in particular, when drawing the so-called À la salle Graffard, later became a classic.

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