Guillaume Apollinaire «No man but Molière could match the sublime humour of Forain, which is not without bitterness.» (1)

Joris-Karl Huysmans « Monsieur Forain studied his art with Manet and Degas, which does not at all mean that he imitates or copies them; for he has a very distinctive temperament, a very special vision […] Monsieur Forain is one of the most incisive painter of modern life that I know. » (2)

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec « I belong to no school. I work on my own. I admire Degas and Forain.» (3)

(1) Chronique d’Art 1902-1918

(2) ‘L’Exposition des Indépendants en 1880’ in L’Art Moderne, Paris, 1883

(3) Jules Renard, Journal 1887-1910, edition presented et annotated by H. Bouillier, Paris, Robert Laffont, 1900