Petit Concert (1883). Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret (French,1852-1929). Oil on canvas.
Dagnan-Bouveret, like many other artists, began to explore the use of photography to aide the artist in an academic naturalistic approach. He recongnized that the “old” classical system of planning a composition had to respond to the new technologies that were already being applied and assimilated by painters of the avant-garde.