Pierrette, Alexandre Jacques Chantron

that given by the Spanish master Luis Falero, in "The Planet Venus." This is one of the pictures of what might be called his astronomical series, which so materially assisted in establishing his reputation as a great imaginative artist. In his hand the goddess becomes a gloriously voluptuous creation, dazzling in the splendor of her perpetual youth and beauty, which radiate a light like an electric flame. In "Summer" we have one of the beautiful ideal female types of Nathaniel Sichel, who was introduced to the reader in part I. The Hierodules were one form of the mythological type of enchantresses which we know in modern times as the Sirens. As in all the representations of the legend in modern art, M. Edouard Rosset Granger endows them with the beauty of perfect womanhood, whereas the ancient form given them was in one case that of a mermaid, and in the other of half women and half birds. The artist is a Parisian, whose pictures in this field have been numerous and very successful, both as works of art and in point of popularity. In drawing, color, composition, and selection of subjects, his works show him to have studied the school of Bouguereau, Boulanger, and Lefebvre to advantage. The artist was, in fact, however, a student under Cabanel, Dubufe, and Mazerolle. The Pierrette is a favorite ball masquerade with the modern Parisiennes, one of whom is delineated, in character, by an appreciate brush in that of Alexander Jacques Chantron. Chantron was born at Nantes and is a pupil of Picot. In

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Alexandre Jacques Chantron

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