Maid & Child Lunching by Joseph Bail


Joseph Bail (French, 1862 - 1921) was born on January 22, 1862 in Limonest in the Rhone region of France. His father, Jean-Antoine Bail, was a genre painter influenced by the Dutch masters, and he focused his attention on depicting scenes from domestic life. Bail received his early training from his father and later studied in the studios of Jean Léon Gêrome and Carolus-Durand, two of the leading figures of the Parisian Academy of Fine Arts.

Bail became best known for interior domestic scenes, often depicting daily household life. Bail's paintings in this genre established him in the modern tradition of Realism. Joseph Bail presents a body of artwork that is inspired by the traditions of the old masters but also finds a kinship with contemporary Realism.

Bail regularly submitted to the Salons and won several awards. He was also named Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur in 1900, and was a member of the Société des Artistes Français. He died November 26, 1921.

39 x 33.5 in.

Oil on canvas