Spring, Franz Dvorak

and a Member of the Institute of France. His pictures are to be found in all the European museums and many of our own, and in every private collection of note in America and abroad; and his decorative paintings in the Louvre and other public buildings are among the masterpieces of that art. He was also a portrait painter of the first order, especially of women, and no small part of his large fortune came to him from his commissions in this line, many of his sitters being Americans. "Phadra" was painted by him in 1880, and the original picture is in the collection of Mr. John T. Martin, of Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Hungarian painter, F. Dvorak, has won a reputation by pictures of the decorative order, of which "Spring" is an excellent example. As is common with painters of his nationality, he is a particularly fine colorist. "An Egyptian Slave" is a good study of voluptuous Oriental character by Nathaniel Sichel, and Lionel Royer appears again in a masterly composition, "Love and Folly." Here Folly, mad with wantonness, is leading Love, who is blindfold, to destruction over a precipice. The idea is original and its realization thoroughly artistic and sound. A figure almost worthy of an old master in sentiment and dignified simplicity of treatment is the "Magdalene" of Mme. Jacqueline Comerre-Paton. Mme. Paton, who was born in Paris and ws a pupil of Cabanel, is the wife of the eminent artist Leon Commerre, and has gained much favor by her work in portraiture and her pictures of sentiment and feeling, like the one we give herewith. The "Spring" of L. Bouvier is a charming panel in the truest

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