Pierrot and Columbine (c.1890). Jules Chéret (French, 1836-1932). Pastel on canvas.
In 1892, rich banker baron Jonas Vitta commissions Jean-Camille Forgé to build his residence. Baron Joseph Vitta takes over the project and oversees the décor of the spectacular villa. Many artists work on the residence: Rodin, Albert Besnard, Félix Bracquemond, and Jules Chéret, dear friend of the baron’s, paints murals with such colors and lyrism that they will be moved to the Hôtel de Ville, Paris.