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Bastien Lepage by Fr. Crastre

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MASTERPIECES IN COLOUR

EDITED BY M. HENRY ROUJON

BASTIEN LEPAGE (1848 1884)

IN THE SAME SERIES

REYNOLDS CHARDIN VELASQUEZ MILLET GREUZE RAEBURN TURNER SARGENT BOTTICELLI CONSTABLE ROMNEY MEMLING REMBRANDT FRAGONARD BELLINI DÜRER FRA ANGELICO LAWRENCE ROSSETTI HOGARTH RAPHAEL WATTEAU LEIGHTON MURILLO HOLMAN HUNT WATTS TITIAN INGRES MILLAIS COROT LUINI DELACROIX FRANZ HALS FRA LIPPO LIPPI CARLO DOLCI PUVIS DE CHAVANNES GAINSBOROUGH MEISSONIER TINTORETTO GÉRÔME VAN DYCK VERONESE DA VINCI VAN EYCK WHISTLER FROMENTIN RUBENS MANTEGNA BOUCHER PERUGINO HOLBEIN ROSA BONHEUR BURNE JONES BASTIEN LEPAGE LE BRUN GOYA

[Illustration: PLATE I. THE SONG OF SPRINGTIME

(Museum at Verdun)

This is one of the artist's earliest works. A certain embarrassment may be noted in the manner in which the Cupids are treated; even at this period, it is easy to see that allegory is not suited to the precise and realistic talent of this painter; yet the young girl is designed with a vigour which already foreshadows the masterly art of Hay making .]

Bastien Lepage

BY FR. CRASTRE

TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH BY FREDERIC TABER COOPER

ILLUSTRATED WITH EIGHT REPRODUCTIONS IN COLOUR

[Illustration: IN SEMPITERNUM.]

FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY NEW YORK PUBLISHERS

COPYRIGHT, 1914, BY FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY

[Illustration: March, 1914]

THE·PLIMPTON·PRESS NORWOOD·MASS·U·S·A

CONTENTS Page

His Youth 16

His Best Years 31

His Premature End 65

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Plate

I. The Song of Springtime Frontispiece Museum at Verdun

II. Portrait of M. Wallon 14 Museum of the Louvre

III. The Artist's Mother 24 Collection of É. Bastien Lepage

IV. The Hay making 34 Museum of the Luxembourg

V. Portrait of M. Hayem 40 Museum of the Luxembourg

VI. Portrait of M. X 50 Museum at Verdun

VII. The Little Boatman 60 Collection of É. Bastien Lepage

VIII. The Artist's Uncle 70 Museum at Verdun

[Illustration]

There are certain beings who bear the stamp of the divine seal and are preordained to receive the highest favours within the gift of glory; they are fated to pass through life like those brilliant meteors which are seen to flash across the heavens and disappear in the same instant. Bastien Lepage was one of these meteors. But while the others leave behind them only a luminous trail that swiftly vanishes, this rare artist, snatched so prematurely from the field of art, traced his passage in a furrow of dazzling splendour, the radiance of which has not even yet begun to fade.

Bastien Lepage was a painter in the noblest acceptation of the term; it may even be asserted that he would have exercised considerable influence upon the art of his epoch if Destiny had not stupidly mown down the sturdy flower of his genius in the very hour of its brightest blossoming. Born into this world with a solid tenacity of purpose which seems to be a special gift of the soil of Lorraine to her sons and daughters, he had a clear cut and unalterable conception of what painting should be... Continue reading book >>




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