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At the Opera

Pencil, chalk and ink on silk, signed

9½ x 12½ in.



At the Opera by

Pieree-Georges Jeanniot studied under his father who was the director of the School of Fine Art in Dijon. He first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1872. He was a friend of both degas and Manet, indeed the National    Library in Paris has a black chalk drawing of Degas by Jeanniot dated 1890. The older artist stayed with Jeanniot in his home in Burgundy and he taught him much, including how to make monotypes. Manet also corresponded with him, giving him advice and encouragement on how to appreciate his subjects. He also worked as an illustrator of books. However it was for his elegant drawings and paintings of the Belle Epoque for which he is best remembered today.


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