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  CUPID'S CAPTIVES - On the west wall of Gallery 55 in the East Pavilion of the Art Palace, French Section, hung the delicate and beautiful oil painting by Ernest Jean Aubert, which is portrayed in the engraving. Here, modesty, grace, and withal human nature unite to captivate the oberver, and it is very strange that the voice of the world of art does not acclaim more artists truly great who produce these poetic effects. This painting may justly be contrasted with the notable "Cupid and Psyche" by Royer, which hung on the same wall, a painting that has been represented on these pages. In that large and sensational work, Psyche sat on a fence, and Cupid, a youth the size of Adonis, but winged, pressed his court upon the maiden's lips. The drawing, the display, the mist, were boastfully shown, but at what sacrifice of integral beauty. It must be that there will come a time when the picture of these maidens, captured by the little troopers - received with joy, with fear, with shame, led on toward the domains of unfolding life - will be treasured as noble, healthful, and more highly artistic than mere studies that alarm the ingenuous and are often the vehicle of insult and scandal. This was the only picture shown at Chicago by Aubert, whose future labors, however, will be followed by many with interest and affection.
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