Jean Béraud was a French painter who became famous for his paintings concerning daily life in Paris during the Belle Époque. Throughout his life his style gradually shifted from academic to impressionism.
He was born in Saint Petersburg on January 12, 1849. His father was a sculptor who died when Jean was a boy. Following his death, the family moved to Paris.
There he met the famous painter Léon Bonnat (1833-1922) and began his career as a painter, too. His first exhibition was in 1872.
He became famous in 1876 thanks to his painting On the Way Back from the Funeral. In 1889 he exhibited with the Society of French Watercolorists at the World’s Fair in Paris. He received the Légion d’Honneur in 1894.
Jean Béraud died in Paris on October 4, 1935 at the age of 86. He is buried in Montparnasse Cemetery beside his mother.
|On the Way Back From the Funeral, 1876|