A Gentleman goes to his club (Monsieur va au cercle)

Marie-Louis-Pierre Vidal French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 690

Henri Béraldi, the great collector and scholar of eighteenth-century French prints and drawings, commissioned his friend Marie-Louis Pierre Vidal to create this series of seventy watercolors, which Vidal executed between 1900 and 1913. Beraldi and Vidal's work depicts a detailed pictorial record of the daily life in Belle Époque Paris. Inspired by the celebrated Monument du Costume of the late eighteenth century, which showcased illustrations by Sigmond Freudeberg and Moreau le Jeune, Béraldi planned to publish Vidal's images in an édition de luxe. The outbreak of World War I, in 1914, put a halt to the project and the drawings were organized in three portfolios, instead, which is how they remain up to this day.

A Gentleman goes to his club (Monsieur va au cercle), Marie-Louis-Pierre Vidal (French, Tours, 1849–1929 (?)), Watercolor over graphite

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