As a life long Parisian Jean-Louis Forain copied the paintings of the Old Masters in the Louvre and studied with the well respected history painter Jacquesson de la Chevreuse. Foranin continued his art studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
He left the history painting behind as he became influenced by Manet and Degas and, like many artist,s he found Japanese woodcuts fertile ground for ideas and imagery. After being denied entry into the 1874 Salon in 1874, he was invited by Degas to take part in the subsequent Impressionist Salons.
“I belong to no school. I work on my own. I admire Degas and Forain”
-Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec