two old women seated at a wide table; woman in front wears dark bonnet, rests her PR fist on her cheek and has a bowl and spoon in front of her; bearded man rests his head and PR arm on table, seated between women; large covered basket in foreground, LLQ; other figures in background

At the Château Rouge, 1899

expand_more

Drypointexpand_more

Bequest of Harry Drakeexpand_more  2013.35.663

Not on Viewexpand_more

Edgar Chahine often reminded his middle and upper middle class audience of the grinding burden of urban poverty. Here he focused on hunger and fatigue. The basket placed at center stage, meant for carrying food, underscores the spare offerings in this dining hall at the former Château Rouge. In the early 1800s, Château Rouge had served as headquarters for the brother of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1861). By Chahine’s time, the building had been torn down and the land redeveloped to accommodate the influx of rural citizens and immigrants fueling Paris’s growth. The area still serves an immigrant population, with today’s newcomers coming mostly from Africa.

Details
Title
At the Château Rouge
Artist Life
(naturalized, born Armenian in Austria), 1874-1947
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.35.663
Provenance
(Richard Reed Armstrong Fine Art, Chicago, until 2002; sold in April for PTOO, to Drake); Harry Drake, St. Paul (2002-d. 2012; bequeathed to MIA)
Catalogue Raisonne
Tabanelli 35 v/v Weisberg/Smithsonian 7
Curator Approved

This record has been reviewed by our curatorial staff but may be incomplete. These records are frequently revised and enhanced. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@artsmia.org.

Does something look wrong with this image? Let us know

Show Detail

Zoom in on the left to the detail you'd like to save. Click 'Save detail' and wait until the image updates. Right click the image to 'save image as' or copy link, or click the image to open in a new tab.

two old women seated at a wide table; woman in front wears dark bonnet, rests her PR fist on her cheek and has a bowl and spoon in front of her; bearded man rests his head and PR arm on table, seated between women; large covered basket in foreground, LLQ; other figures in background