At the Evening Party: Woman in White with a Fan

At the Evening Party: Woman in White with a Fan
Jean-Louis Forain (French, 1852-1931)
Pastel on paper 
21-3/4 x 18 in. (55.2 x 45.7cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation, from the Estate of Jennifer Jones Simon 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Not on View

Forain here gives us a glimpse of the cloakroom at the entrance to a fashionable Parisian ball. At left, a lady with her back turned has just handed over her cloak to a maid or attendant; at right, a gentleman in evening dress lingers in the doorway to the bright room beyond. The protagonist of the picture, however, is the young woman in white, who buttons her glove before entering the party. Swiftly applied pastel conveys the textures of her feathered fan, her tulle skirt, her powdered skin. Forain likely took up this medium at the urging of Degas, who also encouraged him to exhibit with the Impressionist group.


De Chaumont.
[?Galerie Brâme, Paris, acquired 11 April 1900, sold 11 April 1900 to];
[?Galerie Raphaël] Gérard.
Alfred Beurdeley (sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 2-4 June 1920, lot 139, ill., as “En Soirée; femme blonde à l’éventail,” to);
[Galerie Brâme, Paris].
Beurdeley (sale, Paris, Palais D’Orsay, 16 May 1979, lot 120, color ill., as “En Soiree, femme blonde a l’eventail,” to);
[Galerie Cailleux, Paris, buying for];
Norton Simon, by bequest to;
Jennifer Jones Simon Art Trust, to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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