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Café Art: Le Paris d’Edgar Chahine

Wednesday 26 January 2011 17:30-19:00

Institut Français d’Ecosse

13 Randolph Crescent Edinburgh EH3 7TT

Talk in French by Agnès Ness


  • Drypoint, second state. Private collection,France

    ’Jane Avril’, 1907

    Drypoint, second state.
    Private collection,France


Edgar Chahine (1874-1947), artist of Armenian origin, lived and worked in Paris during the ’Belle Epoque’ and after. His paintings and etchings give a real insight into Parisian life of the period from portraits of the famous: Anatole France, Paul Verlaine and Huysmans to depictions of dancers from the Moulin Rouge: Jane Avril and performers and spectators at the popular street fairs. Chahine also, like Steinlen, observed and portrayed with great sensivity and realism, the ragpickers,beggars and streetwalkers of the Parisian street at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Institute members: £5/ Non members: £8

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