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Jean Béraud

1849 - 1936

Born in St Petersburg, Béraud moved with his family to Paris after the death of his sculptor father. From 1871 he studied under Léon Bonnat. He worked initially as a portrait painter, turning at the end of the 1870s to depictions of daily Parisian life and genre scenes painted in a naturalist style.

In the 1890s he started to paint religious scenes set in contemporary settings. He exhibited at the Salon until 1889, and was a founding member of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, where he exhibited from 1890 to 1929.