|Symphony in Red and Gold, 1894, Jean Beraud. It's a gorgeous
piece of work, but what does it mean? How does it fit into art history?
|Entrance to the Exposition Universelle, 1889, Jean Beraud,
back when the Eiffel Tower was brand new.
|A law student turned artist.
|Mary Magdalene in the house of Simon the Pharisee, 1891, Jean Beraud
|Beraud found the spectacle of French ladies battling the elements
on the streets of Paris in their confining, turn-of-the-century
finery both fascinating and amusing.
|Though they worked at roughly the same time, and probably knew each
other, the nightlife depicted by Beraud was a far cry from the seedy
immorality depicted (and enjoyed) by fellow artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec.
|This photo-montage centered on Beraud's The Boulevard des Capucines and the Vaudeville Theatre, from 1889, presents a stark contrast to the streets of Paris now, as compared to what Beraud painted.
|Beraud's Portrait of a Dandy would
suggest that the fashion attire of the
well-dressed Frenchman during the
so-called "la belle époque" has
changed as much, or more,
than the streets of Paris.