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Weal studied at Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris and then worked with artists Cormon, Bouguereau, and Ferrier. He exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français in Paris in 1894. Then he started a long career as a political illustrator and worked for such famous Parisian newspapers as Le Figaro, L'Assiette au Beurre, and Belle Époque. In the beginning of his collaboration with the newspapers he worked together with a young Picasso, as well as artists Sem and Forain. There is a label on the back of the panel that indicates that the painting was exhibited in 1972 in the Museum of Montmartre, Paris, in the museum’s first floor room. There are signs of age such as tears and cuts on the higher left border as well as some foxing and spotting. Oil on panel.