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Museum: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Brispot, Henri
(1846-1928)
Collection: European Collection
Specialty: Paintings
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A typically Academic painter, albeit with a better sense of humor than
most, Henri Brispot focused on genre paintings poking gentle fun at human
foibles and either showing the upper middle class, to which he belonged,
occupying itself with frivolous pastimes including card games, shopping at
the open air book stalls along the Seine, or showing up the pretensions of
the peasantry: as an 1897 review in The New York Times describes:
M.H. Brispot will poke fun at provincial France . . . In front of the
village Mairie a poor old woman appears, and the chipper Prefect "orates"
as he gives her a medal or some reward for her "fifty-five years of
service"
. It is a scene taken from Flaubert's Madame Bovary. He was
equally adept at teasing his fellow artists in works like In the
Artist's Studio
and Criticizing the Portrait, the second of
which shows several people, mostly women, gathered around a portrait along
with the proud model (reminiscent of Gilbert & Sullivan's "very model of a
modern major general") while the artist buries his head in his hands in
despair at the back of the studio.