Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Bonjour Friends,
Whew! What an incredibly busy (but great) week, it is so good to get back to the blogging world. I have been just aching for Paris lately (what's new, right)! I always get a pang to go when I read your beautiful blogs, see gorgeous photos, and look at fine art.

During a conversation with my husband over dinner tonight, I thought a lot about the painter Jean Beraud and his subtle and elegant paintings. Here is a little bit about him and some of his work. Enjoy!

La Soiree

Born in St Petersburg in 1849, the son of a French Sculptor, Béraud moved to Paris to complete his law studies at the Lycée Bonaparte. Béraud exhibited his paintings at the Salon for the first time in 1872. However, he did not gain much recognition until 1876.

Béraud's work was greeted with great enthusiasm and he was welcomed into Parisian society receiving many commissions for portraits from famous figures such as the Prince d'Orleans and Prince Troubetskoy. He attended many of the evening soirees arranged by the popular hostesses of the time and frequently depicted these scenes in his paintings.

He frequented the same cafés, restaurants and theatres as Dégas, Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec and was close friends with Manet.

La Modiste Sur La Champs Elysees
He exhibited with the Society of French Watercolorists at the 1889 World's Fair in Paris. He painted many scenes of Parisian daily life during the Belle Époque in a style that stands in between the academic art of the Salon and that of the Impressionists.

He received the Légion d'honneur in 1894.

Béraud's paintings often included truth-based humour and mockery of late 19th century Parisian life.

Towards the end of the 19th century, Béraud dedicated less time to his own painting but worked on numerous exhibition committees, including the Salon de la Société Nationale.

Béraud never married and had no children. He is buried in Montparnasse Cemetery beside his mother.

La Bal Mabile
The work of Jean Béraud is represented in museums in Liège, Lille, Tours and Troyes, France.
Have a wonderful holiday weekend!
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  1. Thank you so much for posting these fabulous works of art and all the information too!

  2. Love these paintings of Paris " des années folles " . They all have so much happiness and life in them !

  3. Thank you. This is an artist I had forgotten about. I just love the pictures.

  4. OMG
    so beautiful.
    i love his work.
    thank you

  5. Judith, I loved this post and his paintings. Thanks you for sharing all these gorgeous paintings and now I want to know more about this incredible artist. Beautiful!

  6. These are spectacular! They almost seem like photographs- the detail is incredlbe; yet it's so soft. Merci Judith:)

  7. This is a great post - and the paintings are gorgeous. The last one looks more Impressionist than the others, doesn't it? But I'm viewing it on a 12" screen, so it's hard to tell. I like details, so I'm very fond of the first one. There's a lot going on in that tableau if one looks closely!
    Wonder what it was like, living back then...

  8. Classic images, indeed.... .
    especially love the ballerinas with
    all the gentlemen admirers in their tops hats .
    Have a lovely weekend!


  9. Dear Judith!
    Oh the detail of these dresses! Absolutely Amazing! Aren't those dinner conversations with our husbands so inspiring? My husband is constantly teaching & showing me things that he reads that I am too busy to take the time to read. Some of it has lead me to such beautiful places~ Thanks for sharing the best always!

  10. I enjoyed this post very much - Beraud's work is so full of conversation, and movement. I love artists who are able to tell many stories with one piece of work. Thankyou for choosing so many fine paintings in an order that seems to tell a story of its own. How did the men choose between one beautiful exquisitely dressed woman, and another?!

  11. Such beautiful paintings. He put such life into his art, that they almost look like photos or snapshots

  12. Hi Judith,

    What an absolutely gorgeous post! I have always admired Jean Beraud and it's nice to learn a bit more about him.


  13. Bonjour Judith,
    it's been a while since I had the time to leave you a comment.

    This painter is really gifted, he's good at bringing out the textures of certain materials.

    I hope you are well...don't work to hard!


  14. Oh! These are fabulous...again my dear, thank you for the lovely gifts! They came in yesterday and I can't take my eyes off of how beautifully they go with my décor upstairs in my private space! Merci ma chèrie!Anita

  15. Stunning post! Béraud has always been one of our favorite artists - he captures the true essence of Paris.

  16. wow, I´ll have these as screensavers like, for a month!

  17. A truly talented artist. Beautiful works of art. I especially love the La Soiree & La Modiste Sur La Champs Elysees. Great post Judith!

  18. Judith, Thanks for sharing these great paintings! I knew nothing about the artist so am grateful for your time and energy in putting him out there.
    Happy Holiday weekend!

  19. I almost forgot how gorgeous those paintings are … and so real ! thank you dear

  20. Thank you for an informative post on a wonderful artist! xo

  21. What wonderful paintings. So dramatic and colorful. Mostly elegant I think. Wouldn't mind have a few of them in my home.

  22. La modiste sur les Champs Elisees is my favorite.

  23. I am a painter and LOVE and APPRECIATE art. This is a heavenly post for me. So gorgeous Judith!

    By the way... Thank you so much for the gift you wrapped so pretty in tussie and pink bow. ;) It made my day! I love it a million times over.

    xoxo Noel

  24. I didn't realize that he had won the Légion d'honneur too! What a gorgeous post!

  25. I loved these painting!!!I love the very first one.Its so beautiful.Thank you for sharing them and the artist history.A very interesting post.
    XXOO Marie Antionette

  26. Gorgeous paintings -- maybe worth a day trip to Lille?

    La Mom
    An American Mom in Paris

  27. BEAUTIFUL paintings!
    How are you... enjoying the summer I hope!

  28. are so talented. What an eye. How ever do you seem to always find such beautiful images. Drooling here!

  29. Love, love, love these. You always share the most beautiful things. La Bal Mabile is my favorite!
    xo Isa

  30. Thank you for sharing such lovely works of happy to have found your lovely lovely blog...look so forward to reading some past to get a cup of tea and spend some time with you!

  31. What lovely paintings. I studied him while at University, and have always loved all things Parisian, so his paintings always touch me.

    First time to your lovely blog, I'll be back for sure!

  32. I have always loved these paintings - a lovely tour Judith, xv.

  33. it's so nice to visit here upon this posts! I do hope you join us for the Disguise Fete!!

  34. just popping over to say hi and see if all is okay.
    you haven't posted in a while.


  35. i am in love with this post - seriously! what a great talent, what gorgeous paintings. i now have a new favorite artist.

  36. Judith! How have I not heard of this artist until now? It is pure love at first sight on this end :) Thank you for the introduction!


  37. I had never heard of this artist, being more of abstract/contemporary art type of person, but looking at these beautiful, refined detailed paintings transport you back in time.
    Are you going any time back to Paris?

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