Forty years of Paris (1907) by Walter F. Lonergan

Forty years of Paris

Forty years of Paris

It is a long and feverishly agitated period that Mr. Lonerganps volume covers; and although devoid of striking portraiture and description, it certainly helps us to a clearer understanding of French latter-day history.


As to art matters in those days, my young French friends and I were as ignorant as any Philistine. We occasionally roamed through the Louvre and looked languidly at the pictures by Raphael, Eugene Delacroix, Poussin, Horace Vernet, Ingres, Meissonnier. 

Napoleonic pictures appealed to us, but we only heard very vaguely of the great landscape men and the Barbizon School. When in closer touch with intellectual and artistic life in Paris, I soon appreciated all the famous French painters and enjoyed their work. I cannot say that I knew many artists personally, although I could easily have done so. I was once introduced to Carolus Duran, now head of the French School in Rome, and found him a most genial gentleman. His value as an artist is hotly contested, but that is no concern of mine. He was one of the Frenchmen whom I have some reason to like. He, too, had struggling days in the Latin Quarter.

Author:  Walter F. Lonergan 
Date: 1907
Keywords: Biography in France, France life


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