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Jean Louis Forain


FORAIN, JEAN LOUIS (i85 , French painter and illustrator became one of the leading modern Parisian carica turists, and in his merciless exposure of the weaknesses of the bourgeoisie continued the work which was begun by Daumier under the second Empire. The scathing bitterness of his satire is as clearly derived from Daumier as his pictorial style can be traced to Manet and Degas ; but even in his painting he never suppresses the caustic spirit that drives him to He has, indeed, been rightly called "a Degas pushed on to carica ture." In his pen-and-ink work he combines extraordinary econ omy of means with the utmost power of expression and sugges tion. Forain's popularity dates from the publication of his Comedie parisienne, a series of 25o sketches republished in book form. He has contributed many admirable, if sometimes over daring, pages to the Figaro, Le Rire, L'Assiette au 5eurre, Le Courrier francais and L'Indiscret. His political drawings for the Figaro were republished in book form under the title of Doux Pays.

See M. Guerin, J. L. Forain lithographe (191o) ; Forain aquafortiste (19I2).