The Funeral of Victor Hugo (1802-85) at the Arc de Triomphe, 1885 (oil on panel), Beraud, Jean (1849-1935) / Musee de la Ville de Paris, Musee Carnavalet, Paris, France / Giraudon / The Bridgeman Art Library
Jean Béraud (1849 – 1935) was a French artist whose elegant paintings of daily life in Paris displayed meticulous attention to detail, aided by the advent of photography. Béraud, originally a law student, stayed in the city to paint its flamboyant Belle Époque lifestyle while his Impressionist colleagues moved to the country. Béraud would often hide in a taxicab to paint candid glimpses of everyday life. In his later years, Béraud painted updated religious themes, but his legacy remains in his perceptive depictions of the heyday of Paris.