Jehan-Georges Vibert was a master of the amusing anecdotal scenes that so much appealed to the sophisticated art patrons of Paris. His reputation and renown even earned him an appearance in the fiction of Marcel Proust, whose Duc de Guermantes says of Vibert, 'The man's got wit to the tips of his fingers.'
Vibert had a long and active association with the stage and all aspects of theatrical life in Paris and the influence of the theatre is evident throughout his oeuvre, in which the narrative was always essential. The present lot is the second of two known pictures he painted of the same 66 ory'. The first was exhibited to great success at the Paris Salon y6 ng Italian girl presses against the wall to allow free passage to the monks, perc6 d on donkeys laden with the best meat in the parish. 6he is a perfect example of naiveness and devotion…but why this s6 acious look from the monk…? It would be perfect in a story by Boc6 ccio or La Fontaine (T. Gautier, Tableaux à la plume, Paris, 1880,6 . 314)'.6