Jean Béraud (1849 – 1935): The Milliner on the Champs8/27/2021, 12:21:10 PM
Jean Béraud (1849 – 1935): The Milliner on the Champs Elysées, oil on canvas, 45.1 x 34.9 cm (17.7 x 13.7 in), Private collection Jean Béraud's paintings chronicle the customs and fashions of his era in Paris with precise detail. One of the 'Belle Époque' journalists wrote: 'When you paint scenes from everyday life, you have to place them in their context and give them their authentic setting. This means that, in order to be sincere, you have to photograph them on the spot, and forget about the conventions of the studio. As a result, Jean Béraud has the strangest life imaginable. He spends all of this time in carriages. It is not unusual to see a cab parked on a corner of a street for hours on end, with an artist sitting inside, firing off rapid sketches' To create his finished paintings, Béraud traveled the boulevards of Paris in a mobile studio, a converted carriage designed specifically so that he might observe the mundane, transient incident of city life firsthand. Béraud's Paris and its denizens were always captured with the accuracy of a camera lens.