A painter, watercolourist, lithographer and etcher, Jean-Louis Forain studied at the École des Beaux-Arts under Jean-Léon Gérôme as well as the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux. He became a follower of Degas and joined the Impressionist circle, exhibiting in the fourth Impressionist exhibition in 1879. Forain made his reputation with depictions of popular entertainments such as the café-concert and the ballet, as well as dancers and women at their toilette.
Dancers in their dressing room
Old proofs are rare. MG Pellet acquired the plate before 1912 and printed 25 impressions from it. There were later restrikes from the steel-faced plate, which were acquired by the Galerie R G Michel in Paris, c 1948
16.0 x 11.6 cm platemark; 27.9 x 22.1 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed u.l., incised plate "L. Forain". Not dated.
Gift of Hendrik Kolenberg 2013. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Not on display
Hendrik Kolenberg, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Gift of Hendrik Kolenberg 2013. Purchased by Kolenberg 1970s
Referenced in 6 publications
Jean Adhémar and Jacques Lethève, Inventaire du fonds français après 1800. Tome huitième Follet – Gavarni, Paris, 1954, p 24, no 4.
Alicia Craig Faxon, Jean-Louis Forain. A catalogue raisonné of the prints, New York, 1982, pp 85, 239, 240, 248, 253, 271, no 7, illus fig 7.
Marcel Guérin, J.-L. Forain aquafortiste. Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre gravé de l'artiste, Paris, 1912, p ii, no 7, illus no 7.
Charles Kunstler, Forain, Paris, 1931, p 34.
Harold J L Wright, Catalogue of an exhibition of etchings, lithographs, drawings, watercolors and paintings by J.L. Forain, New York, 1933, p 2.
Catalogue: Forain aquafortiste et lithographe, New York, 1935, p 5.