Jean Béraud was born in 1849 in Saint Petersburg. He was a French Impressionist painter and commercial artist noted for his paintings of Parisian life during the Belle Époque.
His father was a sculptor and after the death of Béraud’s father, the family moved to Paris. Béraud was in the process of being educated as a lawyer until the occupation of Paris during the Franco-Prussian war in 1870. He became a student of Léon Bonnat, and in 1872 he exhibited his paintings at the Salon. He exhibited with the Society of French Watercolorists at the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris. Jean Béraud painted scenes of Parisian life during the Belle Époque period. He received the Légion d’honneur in 1894.
Béraud’s paintings often included truth-based humour and mockery of late 19th century Parisian life, along with frequent appearances of biblical characters in then contemporary situations. Paintings such as Mary Magdalene in the House of the Pharisees aroused controversy when exhibited, because of these themes. Late in his career, Béraud dedicated less time to his own painting but worked on numerous exhibition committees, including the Salon de la Société Nationale.