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Sir William Orpen RA, Le Chef de l'Hôtel Chatham, Paris

Le Chef de l'Hôtel Chatham, Paris, ca. 1921

Sir William Orpen RA (1878 - 1931)

RA Collection: Art

Orpen's painting is a tour de force of monumental portraiture. The crisp white folds of the chef's uniform, the still-life of bottle and wine and the chops are all painted with dazzling technique set against a dark background. Orpen was inspired by artists such as Velázquez and Manet, but in his choice of subject he elevates the working man by portraying him with a swagger and authority equal to any nobleman.

The painting depicts Eugene Grossrieter (“Chester”), second chef at the Hotel Chatham, Paris.

Object details

Le Chef de l'Hôtel Chatham, Paris
Sir William Orpen RA (1878 - 1931)
ca. 1921
Object type
Oil on canvas

1270 mm x 1025 mm x 25 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
Diploma Work given by Sir William Orpen RA accepted 1921

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