MacConnal Mason

Louis Beroud ( 1852 - 1930 )

From the balcony

Signed and dated, lower left: Louis Béroud./1889.
Oil on canvas
12⅞ x 16 in – 32.7 x 40.6 cm

Provenance: with Hammer Galleries, New York;
Private collection, USA
Artist Biography: Born in Lyon, 17th January 1852.

Died in Lyon, 9th October 1930.

Louis Béroud was born in Lyon 17th January 1852. He moved to Paris to study, painting in the studio of Leon-Joseph Bonnat (1834-1923)

Béroud embarked on a career painting Parisian Scenes, genre, landscapes and portraits. He painted in the Louvre, throughout his career, taking as his subjects primarily interiors of the galleries. It was he who was responsible for the discovery of the missing Mona Lisa, in 1911 which was of course later recovered, when he was painting a copy and returned one morning to find an empty hook on the wall.

Béroud painted Paris subjects in the manner of his close namesake and contemporary, Jean Béraud, (1849-1936) In addition he painted landscapes and town scenes in the south of France and Normandy, from Cassis to Mont St Michel. Béroud was a highly accomplished artist, his oeuvre included nudes, interiors, elegant genre subjects, and town scenes throughout France but it is for his Parisian subjects that he is renowned.

Béroud exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1873, in 1900 he was awarded a bronze medal at the Exposition Universelle.

Museums, Louvre, Montpellier, Nice.

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Louis Beroud