Christian Inspiration

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes French

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Combining watercolor and pastel, this work lays out the composition for one of three major murals Puvis designed for the staircase of the Musée des Beaux-Arts of Lyon. To treat the subject of Christianity as a source of inspiration for making art, Puvis shows a "Fra Angelico-type" working to complete a mural while younger artists look on. He dedicated the sheet to one of his own students, Paul Baudoüin, who became a leading practitioner of fresco in late nineteenth-century France.

Christian Inspiration, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (French, Lyons 1824–1898 Paris), Pastel over watercolor, gouache, on cream-colored paper

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