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Jean-Louis Forain

French, (1852–1931)
Jean-Louis Forain was a French Impressionist painter and printmaker, working in media including oils, watercolor, pastel, etching and lithograph. Compared to many of his Impressionist colleagues, he was more successful during his lifetime, but his reputation is now much less exalted. A follower and protégé of Degas, Forain joined the Impressionist circle in time to take part in the fourth independent exhibition in 1879; he participated in four of the eight Impressionist Exhibitions (1879, 1880, 1881 and 1886). Influenced by Impressionist theories on light and color, he depicted scenes of everyday life: his watercolors, pastels and paintings focused on Parisian popular entertainments and themes of modernity—the racetrack, the ballet, the comic opera and bustling cafés. Forain was the most famous caricaturist of the Belle époque, and drew, among others, for the Figaro for more than 30 years.


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