Jean-Louis Forain 1852-1931
N04789 Avocat et Accusé
(Counsel and Accused) 1908
Inscribed 'forain 1908' b.r.
Oil on canvas, 25 5/8 x 32 (65 x 81)
Purchased from Arthur Tooth and Sons (Lewis Publications 'A' Fund, Grant-in-Aid 'T' Fund and Clarke Fund) with the aid of the NACF 1935
Prov: With Bernheim-Jeune, Paris (purchased from the artist 15 November 1908); Félix Doistau, Paris, 1909; Doistau sale, Petit, Paris, 18 June 1928, lot 2, repr. as 'Le Prétoire'; bt. Jacques Rotil, Paris, 153,000 frs.; with Arthur Tooth and Sons, London, 1935
Exh: Oeuvres de J.-L. Forain, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, January-February 1913 (27) as 'Au Palais de Justice'; Les Etapes de l'Art Contemporain III: Le Salon entre 1880 et 1900, Galerie de la 'Gazette des Beaux-Arts', Paris, April-May 1934 (78) as 'Le Prétoire'; Selected Pictures by J.L. Forain (1852-1931), Arthur Tooth and Sons, London, March-April 1935 (17)
Lit: Lillian Browse, Forain; the Painter 1852-1931 (London 1978), p.114, repr. pl.48
Repr: Art et Décoration, XXXIII, 1913, p.10 as 'Suspension d'Audience' ; Charles Kunstler, Forain (Paris 1931), pl.55
Though this picture has usually been known since at least 1928 as 'Le Prétoire' (The Court), it appears in the Bernheim-Jeune records under the title used here. A reproductive engraving made from it in colours by Pierre Labrouche and signed by Forain was published in an edition of 150.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.223-4, reproduced p.223