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July 19, 2008

Mystery Painting Identified

Donald Pittenger writes:

Dear Blowhards --

A few days ago I wrote a posting lamenting that I'd noticed an interesting print that I couldn't identify and pleaded for help from our art-savvy readership.

Lo and behold, reader S. D'Arbanville came through (see the posting's comments) ... many thanks!

The painting is Fin de Souper by Jules-Alexandre Grün, (1868-1934?) dated 1913. (In my posting I suggested that it was done between 1912 and 1920, so I got that bit right. On the other hand, I privately guessed that it might be by an English artist, missing the target on that point.)

For information on Grün, I strongly suggest you click here; the link contains a lot of information about this comparatively unknown artist. It also claims to identify his self portrait in the painting as well as images of his wife and fellow poster-artist Jules Chéret.

Here are examples of Grün's work:


Fin de Souper in the light intensity of the reproduction I saw.

Here is a lighter version. I prefer the dark one.

Vendredi su Salon des Artistes Français - 1911

A Group of Artists - 1929

Poster, 1903.

Poster, no date, but probably 1900-07.



posted by Donald at July 19, 2008


Thank you for introducing me to this painter. I love him.

Posted by: Sister Wolf on July 19, 2008 11:02 PM

Sister, I hope you will not be offended if I say I am practicing a bit of tonglen for your recovery. It's a Tibetan meditation technique, does no real good whatsoever I suspect, but I do really want you and your lovely pits and insolent demeanor and otherwise uncooperative pelvic area to get better (esp. to feel better) as soon as possible.

Best wishes,

Posted by: PatrickH on July 20, 2008 11:27 AM

I'll take whatever you got, Patrick. Send it my way!

Blessings to you for your good wishes. xo

Posted by: Sister Wolf on July 20, 2008 3:45 PM

Paul Johnson wrote somewhere that the extreme popularity of impressionism and its successors had the effect of obscuring the reputations of some wonderful Salon professionals. (Sad to see the word 'Salon' now widely identified with a silly and snobbish web-site.)

Donald. your chance encounter with Grun has been a happy one for a number of us.

Posted by: Robert Townshend on July 20, 2008 8:18 PM

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