Auguste Barthélémy


Esther (1816-1907) and
Auguste Barthélémy Glaize (1807-1893)

Born in Montpellier, Auguste, pupil of the Dévéria, is an original figure in the nineteen century painting. Follower of Proudhon and Fourrier, not only does he paint hedonist scenes of mythologic inspirations (Les Baigneuses, 1844), but also complex philosophical allegories (Le Pilori, 1855, La Pourvoyeuse de misère, 1860), as well as religious subjects (L'Etoile de Bethléem, 1846, chapelle Saint-Jean, Eglise Saint-Sulpice, Paris, 1859). Whatever the masterpiece, composition and faces reveal the human look of the painter. Baudelaire and Théophile Gauthier noticed his singular talent. Shy and recluse « the Pilori philosopher » would stay away from society life and live in Rosebois. Esther, former teacher, was taking care at the same time of both her husband and son Léon's careers. She would give all her children's friends pleasant and kind reception so would they call her « mummy Glaize ».

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