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Studio: international art — 31.1904

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Modern French Pastellists

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ODERN FRENCH PASTEL- a formula of realistic art which is at the very

LISTS : JULES GUSTAVE antipodes of the idealism whereto Moreau was

BESSON. BY HENRI FRANTZ. always devoted ; he abandons the forms of legend

and of dream which live in Moreau's work, to

Jules Gustave Besson is a pupil of Gustave choose his subjects from amid the real life which

Moreau, which may seem surprising at first, seeing he has under his eyes; and despite all that he

that here we find ourselves face to face with a talent remains, in one essential side of his talent, one ot

essentially different from that of the master—a the most worthy disciples (I do not says contitiuators)

talent which would seem to owe nothing to the of his master, Moreau. The latter, indeed, always

painter of the Salomes, the Herodiades, and all the inculcated among his pupils the importance of fine

other sumptuous apparitions with which Gustave colouring, and it was with this object in view that

Moreau's gallery is peopled. Such is the first he made them pay such frequent visits to the

impression one is inclined to feel. But we must Louvre. Now is not this same sense of colour a

remember how broad and eclectic was Moreau's ceaseless preoccupation with M. Besson, this bom

teaching; must remember, too—as all his pupils, colourist who is one of the best of his generation
together with his faithful friend, M.
Rupp, will testify—that Moreau was,
above all things, anxious to let each

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while the othci ^became ^ iealists.

against all Moreau's ideas. That ' ''

is a grave error. It cannot be dis- "dormeur" from the pastel by j. g. besson

puted, of course, that Besson adopts (In the collection of Madame Lemie)

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