Rob Noortman gallery, Maastricht.
Private collection, the Netherlands.
Jean-Louis Forain (Reims, 23 October 1852 – Paris, 11 July 1931), real name Louis-Henri Forain, was a French painter.
He came from a family of spinners and weavers. He settled in Paris around 1860 and took drawing and painting lessons with Jacquesson de la Chevreuse, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux and André Gill. He then studied at the École des beaux-arts, where he was taught by Jean-Léon Gérôme.
He made a name for himself by drawing numerous caricatures for newspapers and magazines such as L'Opinion, Le Courier Français, Le Monde Parisien et Le rire satirique. He drew his best cartoons during the Dreyfus affair, Renne's trial and during the First World War. Some of his drawings are now on display in a room of the Musée des Beaux-Arts of Reims.
Together with Caran d'Ache he founded the magazine against Alfred Dreyfus called Psst...! He was a regular visitor to the salons of Nina de Callias and the Countess of Loynes.
He participated in the Franco-German War of 1870, became friends with Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud and visited Edgar Degas and Édouard Manet.
He began his career as a painter at the same time as the rise of the Impressionists with whom he exhibited several times between 1884 and 1888. He was part of an artist collective of the Durand-Ruel gallery in New York. His first individual exhibition was in the Boussod et Valadon gallery, of which art dealer Theo van Gogh was director at the time. His work shows influences by Honoré Daumier and Degas. He often painted theatre, ballet, interiors of cafes and later in life also many scenes of lawsuits.
In 1891 he married the sculptor Jeanne Bosc, with whom he had a son in 1895. He was an admirer of Goya and visited Madrid in 1894 and in 1900.
In 1913 he organised a large exhibition at the Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris where 390 of his works were on display. Four years later, another major exhibition of his work was organised at the Exposición de Arte Francés in Barcelona. There he had 75 works on display. During the winter of 1920 he founded the République de Montmartre with other artists, including Joë Bridge, Adolphe-Léon Willette, Francisque Poulbot, Maurice Neumont, Louis Morin, Maurice Millière, Jules Depaquit.
In 1921 he made a gesture to his hometown and donated a large part of his drawings and sketches to the Musée des Beaux-Arts. In 1923, he was elected a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts. The same year he became president of the République de Montmartre. In 1931 he became a member of the Royal Academy of Arts.
His grave is located in Le Chesnay, close to Versailles, where he owned real estate.
- Jean Louis Forain (1852 - 1931)
- Titre de l'oeuvre d'art
- Au café, Paris
- Dessin à la plume sur papier
- Signé à la main
- Excellent état
- Dimensions totales
- 32×24×5 cm