The Debutante

Jean-Louis Forain1886

Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Dixon Gallery and Gardens
Memphis, United States

  • Title: The Debutante
  • Creator: Jean-Louis Forain
  • Date: 1886
  • Physical Dimensions: 19 x 11 7/8 inches
  • Description: When The Debutante was first shown at the eighth and final Impressionist exhibition in 1886, critic Paul Adam deemed it “a perfect caricature of a bourgeois woman.” Years later, in 1904, Forain published a satirical drawing after The Debutante in the second volume of La Comédie parisienne with the caption, “But what do you intend to do with yourself?”
  • Provenance: Museum purchase with funds provided by Brenda and Lester Crain, Hyde Family Foundations, Irene and Joe Orgill and the Rose Family Foundation
  • Type: Pastels
  • Rights: Dixon Gallery and Gardens. For Terms and Conditions for use of this image please contact the Registrar at 901-761-5250.
  • Medium: Pastel on four ply rag board