Théophile Gautier

Théophile Gautier

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Théophile Gautier

Théophile Gautier

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In the happy youth of Romanticism, Gautier, like many another enthusiast, madly worshipped those painters in whom the gift of colour oft outweighed the sense of form. He was an adorer of the most glowing palettes, and the Venetians on the one hand and Rubens on the other won his constant praise. It so happened that the Museum of the Louvre was well provided with masterpieces of the one and the other school, and there it was that Gautier made his first acquaintance with the beauty and splendour of colour which, it must be owned, was sadly lacking in the works of the school of David and his successors.

Then, though he was later on to become one of the most persistent globe-trotters . . .

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