Catalogue entry

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.

Published in:
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