Etudes in Modern French Art

Etudes in Modern French Art

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...Villa from his illustrative functions and justified him in his new claims as an original and creative composer, though usually in themes derived from the fascinating Middle Ages. A young painter who is fond of plunging into the reveries of the past is Albert Aublct, whose sketch for the "Duke of Guise, May 9th, 1588," is seen on page 56. He was born in Paris, and received his initiation in painting through the Beaux-Arts school and the instructions of C. Jacquand. The Clouets of the Louvre would seem to have inspired him with his accurate feeling for costume, and with the clairvoyance which knows how to define an epoch by means of an attitude and an expression. In the formal bow of the Duke of Guise before the royal brother who has resolved on his death, we see the stamp of the old ceremonious epoch, covering as with a stately livery the real sentiment of the figure, its sense' of doom and irreconcilable antipathy. In front of the Duke, among the time-serving and only 'precariously-lucky flatterers of the palace, the painting shows the gloomy treachery of Henri III, meditating murder, and at the foot of.neJhrone the evil genius of his court, the dark dowager Catherine dc Mcdicis/-in Mie weeds of widowhood which-she never quitted. The picture is a disquieting one, none of the brilliant courtiers appear sure of their heads; the Medusa jye of Catherine seems roving among the bedizened noblemen to see whom'it shall strike; and the assassination of Guise, which is to follow a few hours after this reception, will be quickly enough succeeded by that of the treacherous monarch himself. Pictorially considered, this painting of Guise and Henri III is certainly a reconstruction of by-gone costumes and customs, an arrangement of antique...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236829832
  • 9781236829832