The Café

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1882/84

Artist:

Fernand Lungren
American, 1859–1932

About this artwork

In 1882 Fernand Lungren traveled to Paris, briefly attending classes at the Académie Julian before abandoning formal training in favor of direct observation of the city and its people. In The Café, a fashionably dressed woman sits alone and alert. Her presence indicates modern Paris’s changing social and commercial environment, in which café culture offered women a new opportunity to participate in public leisure activities. Although Lungren employed a dense, hard-edged style, his interest in modern life and the effects of light (here electric lighting) was nevertheless indebted to French Impressionism.

On View

American Art, Gallery 273

Artist

Fernand Lungren

Title

The Café

Origin

Paris

Date

1882–1884

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower left: "Lungren"

Dimensions

79.7 × 104.8 cm (31 3/8 × 41 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection

Reference Number

1947.85

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