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Charity: A Sketch (A Woman Distributing Gifts to Two Winged Children)
Photo credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Charity: A Sketch (A Woman Distributing Gifts to Two Winged Children) c.1889–1893

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824–1898)

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(b Lyons, 14 Dec. 1824; d Paris, 24 Oct. 1898). The foremost French mural painter of the second half of the 19th century. He decorated many public buildings in France (for example, the Panthéon, the Sorbonne, and the Hôtel de Ville, all in Paris) and also Boston Public Library (Abbey and Sargent did murals here too). His paintings were done on canvas and then affixed to the walls (see marouflage), but their pale colours imitated the effect of fresco.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)


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