Art In Provincial France; Letters Written During The Summer Of 1882 To The Manchester Guardian

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byJoseph Comyns Carr

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1883 Excerpt: ... IX.--MONTPELLIER. Montpellier enjoys an enviable distinction among the cities of the Republic. In regard to the paintings of the great schools of the past, the schools of Italy, of Holland, and of Flanders, its museum is beyond comparison the richest and the most interesting in the whole of Provincial France; and even in the records of contemporary art, in the work of men still living or but lately dead, it can compete on equal terms with the most fortunate of its rivals. The circumstances which have raised Montpellier to this proud position deserve remembrance, for they bear witness to that extraordinary munificence on the part of private collectors which I have already remarked as the most striking feature in the history of these local institutions of art. To the favour of the state the town owes little or nothing. In later years it has enjoyed the ordinary measure of offiVal patronage, receiving from time to time pictures purchased from the annual exhibitions of the Salon, or withdrawn from the inexhaustible stores of the Louvre. But at the date of the origin of the Museum it had to plead piteously even for a few canvases which might serve to inspire the efforts of local students and form the nucleus of a future collection. Montpellier was not in the list of those fortunate places destined to share in the spoils of foreign conquest and to divide the superfluous artistic treasures of the capital. It got nothing from the famous decree of the First Consul, by which other towns were so greatly enriched, and in the following year we find the local professor of art begging from the Minister of the Interior the gift of "a few examples from among those works which had been deemed unworthy to find a place in the Central Museum." And he adds with due modesty, this...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1883 Excerpt: ... IX.--MONTPELLIER. Montpellier enjoys an enviable distinction among the cities of the Republic. In regard to the paintings of the...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217724779

ISBN - 13:9780217724777

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