Le bal masqué, detail (c.1880). Charles Hermans (Belgian, 1839-1924). Oil on canvas.
Le bal masqué portrays the exuberant atmosphere of Parisian balls in the late 19th Century. It was heralded as a boisterous and unrestrained rendering of the Opera Ball. Hermans focuses on the sexual undertones, the flirtation between the young men dressed in white tie and the richly costumed women.