This lovely piece of French artwork hangs prominently in my dining room, and has evoked many a dinnertime conversation.
Fin de Souper by Jules-Alexandre Grun (or After Dinner), shows a group of Victorian friends chatting around a table. I love the soft yellow lamps, and the beautiful women's clothes. Something about this print just makes me incredible happy and...satisfied.
Grun, who was best known for his French catalog and poster work, certainly created his masterpiece with Fin de Souper. In this print, Grun pays homage to his mentor and teacher, Antoine Guillemet (the famous landscape artist), who can be seen chatting with Grun's wife, Juliette Toutain-Grun (off to the far right). Juliette also happens to be my favorite person in the scene, as she is the only woman not in Victorian white, but a deep scarlet red.
I hope that you like Fin de Souper as much as I do. Happy viewing!