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Like a number of other 19th-century artists, Béraud first trained to become a lawyer before discovering his true calling. In 1872, he enrolled in the studio of the portraiture specialist Léon Bonnat. While he began as a portraitist, he eventually became known for his highly detailed scenes of urban life. Working from a carriage that he converted into a mobile studio, Béraud recorded life on the grand boulevards of Paris.

The corner represented here can still be recognized as the intersection of the Rue Scribe and the Boulevard des Capucines. Like Degas, Béraud depicted modern life in all of its variety with journalistic accuracy. Béraud, however, delighted in recording even the smallest details, which are so precise that we can make out an advertisement for "Yedda," a popular ballet, and just below it, another playbill for a comic opera called "La Fatinitza," which opened in Paris in 1879.

Details

  • Title: Paris Kiosk
  • Creator: Jean Béraud (French, 1849-1935)
  • Date Created: 1880-1884
  • Subject Keywords: Paris
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: Jean Béraud (French, 1849-1935)
  • Provenance: Me. Boussaton; Me. Boussaton Sale, Georges Petit, Paris, May 5, 1891, no. 6; Maurice Mallet's Gallery, June 11, 1901 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1901, by purchase [G. A. Lucas as agent; George A. Lucas/Henry Walters account book, ms.]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Object Type: paintings
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Inscriptions: [Signature] Lower right: A mon ami Boussaton Jean Beraud
  • Geography: Place Depicted: Paris
  • Exhibitions: From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016., 19th Century Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin. 2010-2011., A Magnificent Age: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte. 2002-2004., Vive la France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1999-2000., Before Monet: Landscape Painting in France and Impressionist Masters: Highlights from The Walters Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998.
  • Dimensions: H: 14 x W: 10 7/16 in. (35.5 x 26.5 cm); Framed H: 20 3/4 x W: 16 1/2 x D: 3 5/8 in. (52.71 x 41.91 x 9.21 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1901
  • Classification: Painting & Drawing
  • Accession Number: 37.1055

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