“There were the people who read and there were the others. Whether you were a reader or a nonreader – it was quickly noted. There was no greater distinction between people. People were amazed when he asserted that and many shook their head at such crankiness. But that´s how it was. Gregorius knew it. He knew it.”
La Marchesa Maria De Seta (1937). Gino Severini (Italian, 1883-1966). Oil on canvas.
After his last truly Futurist works—a series of paintings on war themes—Severini painted in a Synthetic Cubist mode, and by 1920 he was applying theories of classical balance based on the Golden Section to figurative subjects from the traditional commedia dell’arte. He divided his time between Paris and Rome after 1920.
Les Lampions. Delphin Enjolras (French, 1857-1945). Oil on canvas.
Enjolras studied under the watercolorist Gaston Gerard at the Ecole de Dessin de la Ville de Paris. Enjolras exhibited his work at the Paris Salons, joining the Societe des Artistes Francais in 1901. His specialty was in portraiture of young women, often in their daily affairs and in an intimate nature.
An Appeal for Mercy, 1793 (1876). Marcus Stone (English, 1840-1921). Oil on canvas.
Stone selected a scene from the Reign of Terror, when many people feared for their lives. The young lady who kneels, with letter in hand, is entreating that the life of a loved one be spared. It is perhaps a good sign that the Republican official turns away as he reads perhaps his orders, for it shows that he fears to confront the lady’s eloquent face and words.