Les dames de chez Maxim by Circle of Jean Béraud

  • This exuberant painting was composed by an artist in the circle of French artist Jean Béraud
  • It captures a scene from the popular Belle Époque play La Dame de Chez Maxim
  • Depicting two dancing women, the work epitomizes the joie de vivre of the era
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Circle of Jean Béraud

Les dames de chez Maxim
(The Girls from Maxim’s)

Signed “Wenzel” (lower left)
Oil on canvas

This oil on canvas, executed by an artist in the circle of French Belle Époque artist Jean Béraud, captures a lively nightclub scene inspired by the play La Dame de chez Maxim. Written by Georges Feydeau and first produced in 1899, the play follows the antics of a well-respected Dr. Petypon who finds himself caught in a comedy of errors with the cabaret dancer la Môme after a night of overindulgence at Maxim’s restaurant in Paris. 

The Belle Époque marked the relaxed period prior to the tragedies of World War I, marked by advances in science, technology and the arts, and an overall joie de vivre. In this painting, the artist cleverly uses the framework of the farcical play, which juxtaposes the free-spirited, unpolished la Môme with high society personalities, to depict this cultural transition and the duality between "old" and "new." The central figures are fashionably dressed and locked in a carefree embrace, the curving lines of their bodies suggesting motion and dance, epitomizing the exuberance of the play and the era.

Late 19th century/early 20th century

Canvas: 16 1/8" high x 10 5/8" wide
Frame: 22" high x 16 7/10" wide

Collection of Ezra and Cecile Zilkha
Les dames de chez Maxim by Circle of Jean Béraud
Period: 1816-1918
Type: Paintings
Depth: 1.13 Inches
Width: 16.73 Inches
Height: 22.0 Inches
Style: Modernism
Canvas Width: 10.625 Inches
Canvas Height: 16.125 Inches
Les dames de chez Maxim by Circle of Jean Béraud
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