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  CUPID AND PSYCHE - This painting, exhibited in the French section of the Art Palace, was from the studio of Lionel Royer, a later aspirant for fame in Paris. The work well exemplifies the predominant characteristics of the French exhibit of paintings at Chicago. There was usually great size of figures, exceeding "courage" in design - that is, defiance of customary prudence as to moral effect, united with high brilliancy of color, and absolute regard for reality in drawing. When one entered the east Annex of the Art Palace, he came on rooms which were considered full with a dozen of these large and most often nude figures. But after a study of their novel and able treatment the miscellaneous collections in many other rooms palled upon the eye. At the same time, there must be much to condemn in these great works from Paris. For instance, if realism be the key, why the tiny wings of Cupid? which certainly are inadequate to the needs of an aerial creature of his size. Again, Cupid is either too large or too small. The pose of Psyche is infelicitous. In fact, the reader is to judge that all the faults come forth in the black and white of the engraving, while only the great drawing of untasteful figures, and none of the astonishing tinting and rotundity produced by the artist, are caught by the camera. The story of Cupid and Psyche is told elsewhere.
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