Grandeur and enchantment radiate from Jean Béraud’s “The Lobby of the Paris Opera,” painted during the glory days of the city’s Belle Époque. Aided by the invention of photography, Béraud (1849 – 1935) used his meticulous detailing to elegantly replicate the opera house’s lavish décor. The Paris Opera, considered an architectural masterpiece of its era, was constructed by order of Napoleon III. An immense 118,404 sq. ft., the building has a stage with room for 450 performers, and a 6-ton chandelier hangs in its luxurious interior.
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.