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SUR LES GRANDS BOULEVARDS 
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印象派及現代藝術日拍

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Jean Béraud
1849 - 1935
SUR LES GRANDS BOULEVARDS 
Signed Jean Béraud. (lower left) 
Oil on canvas
15 1/4 by 22 1/8 in.
38.7 by 56.2 cm
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We would like to thank Patrick Offenstadt for kindly confirming the authenticity of this lot which will be included in his forthcoming supplement to the Jean Béraud critical catalogue. 

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Private Collection, New York (acquired by 1930) 
Private Collection, Ohio (by descent from the above)
Thence by descent

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Unknown to scholars until recently, Sur les grands boulevards represents an important rediscovery within Jean Béraud’s oeuvre. The opulent spectacle of Paris, and the city’s people in particular, was Béraud's subject of choice. Whether promenading on the city’s grand boulevards or the banks of the Seine, in carriages in the Bois de Boulogne or the city’s atmospheric bars and bistros, it is the endless parade of characters who animate Béraud’s splendid and idiosyncratic vision of Paris, and bring the subject life. Abandoning his early ambitions to become a lawyer, Béraud studied portraiture with Léon Bonnat, alongside such well-known contemporaries as Gustave Caillebotte and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. While Béraud initially emulated his master's choice of subject and painted portraits of women and children, he was quickly drawn to representing modern urban life and developed his own inimitable style. Béraud’s affection for Parisians granted him notoriety and popularity; Marcel Proust described him as "a charming creature, sought in vain, by every social circle" and he was alleged to be a perfect gentleman, impeccably dressed and above trends and fashion (quoted in Patrick Offenstadt, Jean Béraud 1849-1935, The Belle Époque: A Dream of Times Gone By, Catalogue Raisonné, Cologne, 1999, p. 7). He was intrigued by all aspects of la vie parisienne, and once wrote to fellow artist Alfred Roll "I find everything but Paris wearisome" (quoted in ibid., p. 14).

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 incidents of city life firsthand. Journalist Paul Hourie described the pains which Béraud took: 

"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 his time in carriages. It is not unusual to see a cab parked at the corner of a street for hours on end, with an artist sitting inside, firing off rapid sketches. That Jean Béraud, in search of a scene, drawing a small fragment of Paris. Almost all the cab drivers in the city know him. He's one of their favorite passengers, because he at least doesn't wear their horses out" (Paul Hourie quoted in ibid., p. 9). 

In showing the co-mingling of members of different social strata, Béraud captured the modernization of the city through the actions, dress and appearances of its inhabitantsSur les grands boulevards shows a particularly bustling day on a Parisian boulevard, likely the Boulevard de la Madeleine. Distinctive characters occupy the scene; the waiter, perhaps calling out for a carriage for one of his clients; the well-dressed parisienne holding a bouquet of flowers and looking out toward the viewer; businessmen exchanging greetings; a workman in the classic blue jacket and a delivery person with a box strapped to his back. Dozens of figures are seen in the background and inside the horse drawn omnibus on the far right, the first form of organized urban public transportation. Béraud gives each of his figures an individual expression, but adds an element of psychological ambiguity in their distinct detachment from one another, inviting the viewer to become engaged in the mis-en-scène

印象派及現代藝術日拍

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