BIRGER, Hugo
(b. 1854, Stockholm, d. 1887, Helsingborg)

Scandinavian Artists Breakfasting at the Café Ledoyen, Paris, on Salon Opening Day

1886
Oil on canvas, 184 x 262 cm
Konstmuseum, Gothenburg

The annual Salon provided the Scandinavian artists in Paris with an occasion for festivities, especially if at least one of them had submitted successfully. In the present painting Birger commemorated one such party in 1886. There is nothing Impressionist about the brushwork, but the subject and composition clearly owe something to Manet, Renoir, or Degas.