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  BOUGUEREAU'S ECCLESIASTICAL PAINTINGS - When the French Section of Fine Arts was formally opened on the 5th of May, 1893, by M. Roger-Ballu, many Americans were surprised to find three devotional pictures by Bouguereau hanging in conspicuous places among the great canvases of the east pavilion. These were: "Holy Women at the Tomb," "Our Mother of the Angels" and "Le Guetier." The two first are shown in our engraving. Of these two, the one on the left was exhibited in the Paris Salon of 1890, and at Chicago was magnificently placed on the west wall of Gallery 43. The Madonna was on the south wall of the same room. The three pictures were of one order of excellence, but were astonishing only because Bouguereau, the painter of the nude, the author of "The Nymphs and Satyr" and "The Wasp's Nest," had chosen to demonstrate his power in the ancient technque of Raphael and Murillo. We find a literary analogy in the writing of "La Reve," by Zola, where the author of the wicked "Nana" has chosen to portray the virginal life of the young Angelique, who embroidered chasubles at the Cathedral of Beaumont. Thus the Parisian artists, the greatest in the world, advance in their art, painting, as here seen, the forms of universal life and saintly visions, to show the people that modern art has contemplated and considered all.
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