Claude Terrasse (1867-1923)

The brother-in-law of the painter Pierre Bonnard, Claude Terrasse became famous in Paris as a composer of operettas. After being introduced by Bonnard to the avante-garde art and literature scenes, Terrasse's distinctive appearance was immortalized in a portrait by Louis Sue (top). If Auguste Renoir depicts Terrasse within the painter's preference for romantic idealism, Bonnard typically chooses to emphasize the picturesque possibilities of the composer's figure surrounded by the clutter of domesticity.

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