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Le Café de la Nouvelle Athènes

Accession Number
1973/1.712

Title
Le Café de la Nouvelle Athènes

Artist(s)
Jean-Louis Forain

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1876

Medium & Support
etching and drypoint on cream laid paper

Dimensions
12 5/8 in. x 9 1/16 in. ( 32.1 cm x 23 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Steven Hutchins

Label copy
The early etchings made by Forain from the mid-1870s to the mid-1880s give us glimpses of life along the boulevards in Paris, in theaters, cafes, and brothels. The Café de la Nouvelle Athénes, depicted here, was a "café-concert." These were cafés featuring performances by a singer and perhaps a comedian. These establishments grew up in the 1860s in response to the demand for places for eating, drinking, and entertainment that accompanied the construction of Baron Haussmann's boulevards. The Café de la Nouvelle Athénes was located on the place Pigalle in Montmartre, and was frequented by a mix of social classes. It was a favorite haunt of artists like Manet and Impressionists such as Degas, Monet, Renior, and Pissarro.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
Figures
Portraits
chairs (furniture forms)
cups
half-length
newspapers
seated
standing
table
top hat

2 Related Resources

Café Culture
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Food Cultures
(Part of 4 Learning Collections)

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