Jean-François Raffaëlli initially showed an interest in music and the theatre before he became a painter in 1870. In the same year, one of his landscapes was exhibited at the Salon in Paris. Raffaëlli only enjoyed a short formal art training. In 1871, he received lessons for three months at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1876, Raffaëlli started painting the life on the streets of Paris. This was well received by artists such as Edgar Degas. Degas invited Raffaëlli to exhibit his works at the impressionist exhibition. The realistic work of Raffaëlli was much criticised by the impressionist painters. From 1890 onwards, Raffaëlli would concentrate more in producing colour prints.
Jean François Raffaëlli
Parijs 1850 - Parijs 1924