Edouard Jerome Paupion (1854-1912)
[Edouard J. Paupion, Edouard Paupion, Edouard-Jerome Paupion, Eduard Paupion]
Ovid tells the tragical history of Pyramus and Thisbe in the
fourth book of his "Metamorphoses." The lovers were natives of Babylon, and
tenderly attached to each other, but their parents opposed their union and they had to meet in
secret by night. These meetings they arranged by conversing through a crevice in the wall
which divided their adjoining gardens. Having made a rendezvous at the tomb of Ninus,
in the necropolis outside the city, Thisbe arrived first on the spot, where she encountered
a lioness which had just killed an ox, and in her flight while flying from the dreaded beast
dropped her garment, which the lioness tore to pieces. When Pyramus reached the tomb
he discovered the robe, torn and covered with the blood of the ox, and supposing his mistress
to have been killed and devoured, he, in despair, killed himself. Thisbe, having regained
her courage, returned only to find her lover dead, whereupon she too committed suicide.
Edouard Paupion, the painter of "Thisbe," was born at Dijon and is a pupil of J.L. Gerome.
His genre pictures and portraits are highly esteemed and his historical and romantic
subjects always well composed and excuted.
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