Saturday, November 26, 2011

Time for More Hot Chocolate

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French Impressionist Painter, 1841-1919) The Cup of Chocolate 1878

Weather's getting colder. Perhaps it is time to switch to tea. Too many built-in calories in hot chocolate...

Social Life in Jean-Louis Forain's Paris 1852-1931



Jean-Louis Forain (French painter, 1852-1931) Au Cafe 1879


Well, except for the costumes, today's social season seems to share many characteristics with the social season in the France of Jean-Louis Forain, Impressionist painter, lithographer, watercolorist, & etcher. Born in Reims, his family moved to Paris, when he was 8. He worked as a caricaturist for several Paris journals including Le Monde Parisien & Le rire satirique. He then enrolled at the École des Beaux Arts, studying under Jean-Léon Gérôme as well as Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux.


Jean-Louis Forain (French painter, 1852-1931) Parisian Salon 1878


He was the youngest artist to participate in the feverish debates led by Édouard Manet & Edgar Degas at the Café de la Nouvelle Athènes. A follower & protégé of Degas, Forain joined the Impressionist circle in time to take part in the 4th independent exhibition in 1879; and he participated in 3 of the 4 landmark shows 1879-1884. His paintings focused on Parisian popular entertainments - the racetrack, the ballet, the comic opera, public gardens, & bustling cafés.


Jean-Louis Forain (French painter, 1852-1931) Parisian Soiree 1878


In 1891, Forain married the painter Jeanne Bosc with whom he had a son, Jean-Loup in 1895. In his later years, Forain created numerous scenes of the Law Courts plus other social satire caricatures on French life. In 1931, shortly before his death, he was made a member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London.


Jean-Louis Forain (French painter, 1852-1931) Au Cafe 1872


Jean-Louis Forain (French painter, 1852-1931) Au Cafe


Jean-Louis Forain (French painter, 1852-1931) Au cafe


Jean-Louis Forain (French painter, 1852-1931) Au Théâtre 1882


Jean-Louis Forain (French painter, 1852-1931) Au théâtre, l'avant-scène


Jean-Louis Forain (French painter, 1852-1931) Ball at the Paris Opera


Jean-Louis Forain (French painter, 1852-1931) Chambre 1888


Jean-Louis Forain (French painter, 1852-1931) Dans sa loge


Jean-Louis Forain (French painter, 1852-1931) Entree au Restaurant


Jean-Louis Forain (French painter, 1852-1931) In the Cafe


Jean-Louis Forain (French painter, 1852-1931) La lettre et l'absinthe, vers 1885


Jean-Louis Forain (French painter, 1852-1931) La rencontre


Jean-Louis Forain (French painter, 1852-1931) Le Buffet


Jean-Louis Forain (French painter, 1852-1931) Le casino


Jean-Louis Forain (French painter, 1852-1931) Le Diner


Jean-Louis Forain (French painter, 1852-1931) Le Pianiste


Jean-Louis Forain (French painter, 1852-1931) Le Soir au Jardin de Paris 1882


Jean-Louis Forain (French painter, 1852-1931) Montmartre


Jean-Louis Forain (French painter, 1852-1931) Soiree at the Opera


Jean-Louis Forain (French painter, 1852-1931) The Butler & the Gentleman. c 1900.