Jean Beraud (1849-1935)
Jean Béraud was born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, where his father worked as a sculptor. In 1853, after Jean Béraud Senior died, his wife Eugénie took Jean and his three siblings back to France. Jean studied at the Lycée Bonaparte then became a pupil of Léon Bonnat at the School of Fine Arts in Paris. [...] He became one of the leading painters of Parisian life. From the sweeping views of the boulevards to the intimate twosome at a bistro table, Béraud knows his Parisians. He paints with acuity and often with humor the scenes of daily life in every social setting.
In altri termini, ha contribuito a inventare Parigi; le sue figure sono alquanto stereotipate, macchiettistiche, teatrali, lo è lui stesso nel suo autoritratto; è divertente il suo ritrarre tanti momenti di vita nella foggia di "istantanea". Innumerevoli i caffè, i bistro, le brasserie. Non poteva mancare in AAA.