Jules Louis Machard was born at Sampans, in the Jura, in 1839, was a pupil of Picot and Signal,
and in 1865 captured the Prix de Rome. He is a painter of portraits, history,
classical, and fanciful subjects, of which latter his "Soap Bubbles"
is an excellent example. He has been a Member of the Legion of Honor since 1878.
Unquestionably the most famous of the late Alexandre Cabanel's
pictures is his "Birth of Venus." The original painting is in the collection of the Luxembourg, but engravings,
photographs, and other reproductions have made it familiar to the world world as one of the foremost
classics of modern art. Under a sky rosy with dawn, Venus Astarte wakes to life on the waves
of which she is born. The picture is not only of a matchelss grace of composition, but in its soft,
delicate color and tender modeling the crowning masterpiece of the artist's productions.
It was first exhibited at the Salon of 1875, where it made the sensation of the year.
In "An Odalisque" N. Sichel again
reveals the felicity and variety of his talent in creating beautiful female types. The face is thoroughly
characteristic and the attitude and drapery graceful and picturesque. Konrad Delitz,
the painter of "The Spirit of the Alps," has taken a Tyrolean legend for his subject.
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Konrad Wilhelm Dielitz