A Nest of Sirens, Charles Francois Edouard De Beaumont

Several years ago death removed from the Paris art world one of its most curious characters in Charles Francois Edouard de Beaumont. He was born at Lannion, in 1821, and was the son of a sculptor. His father taught him to draw, and sent him then to the painter A.F. Boisselier to continue his studies. Antoine Felix Boisselier was a painter of history and historical landscapes, an artist of sound technique and a good master. Influenced by him de Beaumont at first took to landscape painting, in which field he made his debut at the Salon of 1838. Some three years later he turned his attention to mythological and allegorical subjects, in which his success was soon assured. He delineated the female figure with the most seductive grace, and was a pure and charming colorist. Painting in watercolors and in oils with equal facility, his works found a ready market, and he also prospered by contributing illustrations to various publications. But the man was of a sensitive nature, and disappointment of his ambition soured him. Year after year he exhibited at the Salon without receiving official recognition, and he was nearly fifty years of age before he received his first medal. This encouragement

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