Happy Birthday Jean Louis Forain!! French Impressionist was born in 1852 and at age eight his family moved to Paris. He started his career in art as a caricaturist for several Paris magazines. He became friends with Edgar Degas, who was a great influence on his work. In the later years of Forain’s life he was made a member of the Royal Academy of Art, in London. The oil painting included here is titled Can-Can Dancers.