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Artist
Jean-François Raffaëlli
Title
La Seine à Billancourt
Date
c. 1905 - 1910
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
Canvas: 20 1/8 × 29 1/4 inches (51.1 × 74.3 cm)Framed: 28 1/4 × 37 5/8 × 3 1/2 inches (71.8 × 95.6 × 8.9 cm)
Tags
Painting
Credit Line
Museum purchase.
Accession Number
1910.3
Born in Paris, Jean-François Raffaëlli worked as a singer and actor to earn a living while he studied art at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts. During the 1870s he met the artist Edgar Degas, under whose sponsorship Raffaëlli twice exhibited with the Impressionists. Yet paintings like La Seine à Billancourt, which depicts the industrial suburbs of Paris, are not representative of Impressionism in general. While the Impressionists frequently depicted middle-class leisure activities, such as boating, dancing, or picnicking, Raffaëlli was best known for images of the lives and surroundings of the disenfranchised poor.