Education: Béraud became a student of Leon Bonnat, and exhibited his paintings at the Salon for the first time in 1872. However, he did not gain recognition until 1876, with hisOn the Way Back from the Funeral.
Achievements: He exhibited with the Society of French Watercolorists at the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris. He painted many scenes of Parisian daily life during the Belle Epoque in a style that stands somewhere between the academic art of the Salon and that of the Impressionists. He received the Legion 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.
Towards the end of the 19th century, Béraud dedicated less time to his own painting but worked on numerous exhibition committees, including the Salon de la Société Nationale.