Le Chef de l'Hôtel Chatham, Paris, ca. 1921
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.
1025 x 1270 x 25 mm
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