Charles Hoffbauer (1875-1957): In the Restaurant, 1907, oil

2/9/2021, 5:12:46 PM
Charles Hoffbauer (1875-1957): In the Restaurant, 1907, oil on canvas, 115 x 167 cm, Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia Charles Hoffbauer was a French-American artist who painted a wide variety of subjects, including many that depicted scenes of historical interest. His present painting shows a restaurant in Paris early in the 20th century. This is a high class place. Dinner is over and a couple in the foreground is just leaving, the man helping her wife/girlfriend put on her coat. There are empty tables and they are not set to receive more guests. There is a little still-life in the lower left corner and all kinds of glass and silverware that shows how skilled the painter was. But the main focus of the picture is the leaving couple. The other guests are also looking at them as if they are celebrities. The restaurant looks like a opulent one, perhaps ‘Maxime’, a famous restaurant in Paris then. Maxim was not only known for its beautiful interior and its cuisine, but also for the beauty of its clientele. Legend has it, that the founder would hire models to dine near the windows to the street to attract beautiful customers.

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