Marcel Paul Meys (active 1880-1901)
||Delaunay and Puvis de Chavannes
It is only the denizens of southern countries who appreciate that repose during the heat of the day
to which the Spaniards have given the title of the siesta. In the brisk and invigorated atmosphere
of the North, where the enervating power of the sun is reduced to a minimum, people are at their
busiest at the hours when in more tropical latitudes they surrender themselves to lassitude and
indolent ease. It is one of the brunette beauties of the far south of France, drowsing, half asleep
and half awake, through the midsummer mid-day, that Marcel-Paul Meys presents in "A Summer Siesta."
The painter, who is of Parisian birth, is a pupil of Delaunay and of Puvis de Chavannes, to the influence
of which masters one may probably ascribe his superb command of form and solid handling of his subjects.
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