was the centre of a refined social circle. he died upon his return to France. "A Trick at Cards
represents a Spanish gypsy girl, who is giving a sleight-of-hand performance before some
impromptu rural audience in a country barn or
the stable of an inn, the customary theatres for these entertainments of the itinerant mountebanks.
Another example of the fantastic invention of Luis Falero is presented
in "The Departure of the Witches." This is a section from one of his famous pictures whose
suggestion he derived from his studies of the Faust legend, and is a composition
worthy of those creative geniuses in ancient art who followed the lead of Holbein and made "The Dance of Death"
a vehicle for the free fling of their fecund imagination. The idea is, of course, that the
witches and warlocks and their hideous attendants making their annual aerial flight to their
common congregation place upon the Brocken, as veraciously detailed in the old legend.
Carl von Bodenhausen, a well-known German artist, is admirably
represented by his "Voices of Fairyland," a picture which attracted much
attention in the exhibitions of his native country some years ago. It is a time-honored
German story which it illustrates; telling how a maiden whose home was embittered by harsh
parents and sisters, a sort of Cinderella, as it might be, fell asleep beside a haunted stream, and
was awakened by the voices of the pitying fairies, who presaged for her a grand future, which in due course came to pass,
for she was wooed and won by a handsome
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Joseph Victor Ranvier