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Would you think this had been done by a master of Parisian society scenes? The Impressionist Jean-Louis Forain (French, 1852-1931) was best known for realist portrayals of people enjoying themselves in the city, dressed up (or undressed), drinking, partying, performing. And then there's this, a quiet empty periwinkle dawn with the clouds' reflections stirring about on the water, and a dog happy to sit and be. I get the feeling Forain painted this as a break from the usual fare of lights, crowds and voices, celebrating an entirely different sort of companionship.