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Outside a Restaurant in the Bois de Boulogne. Study

This sketch is like a snapshot. Elegantly-dressed men and women are sitting talking at an outdoor cafe. A lady in a long red dress is being escorted by a man in a top hat. A waiter in a white apron shows them to a table. The Bois de Boulogne park had been a popular entertainment and recreation ground for the Parisians ever since it opened in 1852 – and it was an obvious scene for Hugo Birger to paint, since he liked to portray modern people in urban settings.