Les Rapins

Jean-François Raffaëlli French

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Traditionally, "rapin" was a colloquial term for a painter’s apprentice. By the turn of the twentieth century, it became associated more generally with bohemian artists. Raffaëlli frames this animated gathering of artists with paintings on easels in the foreground and background. The scene may recall his own meeting with Degas and others in the late 1870s at the Café de la Nouvelle Athènes, a favored gathering place of the Impressionist circle.

Les Rapins, Jean-François Raffaëlli (French, Paris 1850–1924 Paris), Etching and drypoint with hand coloring; second state of two

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