Le Soir au Chateau!
Henri Lucien Doucet (1856 – 1895) was known for piquant, sparkling representations of modern life, eminently Parisian in style, which comes through in this heartwarming scene.
There is sense of belonging in the casual poses and seating arrangement of men and women. The interior and exterior merge with the wide expanse of an open window. I envision the soft voices and laughter coming across the canvas.
Henri Lucien Doucet painted in oils and pastels and his subjects varied from historical scenes and portraits but he is best known for his genre scenes. . He was known to be confrontational. Perhaps his audacious nature brought him the success, fame and awards he enjoyed from an young age.