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A Portrait Group of Parisian Celebrities

A Portrait Group of Parisian Celebrities

Artist: Alfred Stevens (Belgian, 1823 – 1906)

Date: 1889
Medium: Oil on canvas
92 3/4 x 96 3/4 in. (235.6 x 245.7 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of John Ringling, 1936
Object number: SN439
On View: Art Museum Gallery 21
About this ObjectA group of Parisian celebrities engaged in conversation. The people depicted are as follows, with the numbers corresponding to the annotated image.

1. Joseph Philippe Simon Lockroy,
1803-1891, comedian and playwright

2. Louis Étienne Ernest Reyer,
1823-1909, composer and music critic

3. Antonin Proust,
1832-1905, politician and author

4. Léon Cladel,
1835-1892, symbolist writer

5. Georges Ohnet,
1848-1918, novelist and humorist

6. Paul Ernest Hervieu,
1857-1915, novelist and dramatist

7. Henry François Becque,
1837-1899, dramatist

8. René François Armand Sully Prudhomme,
1839-1907, poet and literary critic

9. Jules Emile Fréderic Massenet,
1841-1912, composer

10. Juliette Adam,
1836-1936, novelist and editor

11. Henri Meilhac,
1831-1897, playwright, collaborator with L. Halévy

12. Ludovic Halévy,
1834-1908, playwright and novelist

13. Émile Augier,
1820-1889, poet and dramatist

14. Francisque Sarcey,
1827-1889, journalist and drama critic

15. Jeanne Julie Regnault Bartet,
1854-1941, actress

16. François Élie Jules Lemaître,
1853-1914, writer and critic

17. Victorien Sardou,
1831-1908, playwright

18. Sarah Bernhardt,
1843-1923, actress

19. Édouard Jules Henri Pailleron,
1834-1899, dramatist and satirist

20. Jules (Arséne Arnaud) Clarétie,
1840-1913, author and theatrical manager

21. Emil Reich,
1854-1910, political science writer

22. Unknown

23. Alexandre César Léopold (Georges) Bizet,
1838-1875, composer

24. François Édouard Joachim Coppeé,
1842-1908, poet

25. François Jules Edmond Got,
1822-1901, actor

In 1889, to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution, an International Exhibition was held in Paris. For this occasion the Eiffel Tower was constructed and Alfred Stevens created the painting Le Panorama du Siècle. After the close of the exhibition, the large work was divided into sections and dispersed. The Ringling Museum's A Portrait Group of Parisian Celebrities is one of those sections, portraying the literary and performing arts celebrities of the century, among them the dramatist Henri François Becque and the actress Sarah Bernhardt.
Acquired by John Ringling; bequest to The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 1936
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