Probably the best-known of those who showed work at the First Impressionist Exhibition, he was an influential art critic, writer and painter, best remembered now for his sculpture.
The king of Cyprus whose ivory sculpture turned into his future wife, painted by Regnault and Burne-Jones, and Gérôme’s fascinating paintings of his painted figures. And turning painting into sculpture.
Although painting and sculpture are closely allied, it’s curious to depict sculpture in painting. Examples range from early grisailles to ribald depictions of the Roman god Priapus.
A fuller account of one of the arch-enemies of the Impressionists. Was he so bad after all?