Musée No:792.008Regular price £25.00
Artist: Jean-François Raffaëlli
Jean-François Raffaëlli (1850 –1924) was a French realist painter, sculptor, and printmaker who exhibited with the Impressionists. He was also active as an actor and writer. Raffaëlli produced primarily costume pictures until 1876, when he began to depict the people of the suburbs of Paris in a realistic style —particularly peasants, workers, and rag pickers. His new work was championed by influential critics such Edgar Degas who invited him to participate in the Impressionist exhibitions of 1880 and 1881. A very unpopular decision within the group as he wasn’t an Impressionist, but more importantly he threatened to dominate the 1880 exhibition with his outsized display of 37 works. Monet chose not to exhibit, complaining, "The little chapel has become a commonplace school which opens its doors to the first dauber to come along”. Raffäelli's commitment to the city of his birth remained a constant in his art.