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Anne-Louis Girodet
Anne-Louis Girodet autoportrait.jpg
Self-portrait, 1790, Hermitage Museum
Born 29 January 1767
Died 9 December 1824 (aged 57)
Resting place Père Lachaise Cemetery
Nationality French
Known for Painting
Notable work Ossian receiving the ghosts of the fallen French Heroes, 1801; The Funeral of Atala, 1808; Portrait de Chateaubriand méditant sur les ruines de Rome, after 1808
Description of The Funeral of Atala (Funérailles d'Atala or Atala au tombeau), 1808, Louvre I sauntered through the Louvre, observing art. One painting struck me for its quality of sadness; I could see a young man’s heart was clearly broken by a tragedy. The man is Indian; he’s in a cave with an old man who holds the shoulders of a woman they’ll be putting in her grave. The Indian is mourning for his love. He’s sitting, clinging to her draped knees, and though for me this image was unclear, a crucifix is clutched inside her hand. Outside upon a hill, a cross is near. The artist was recalling the sad scene of Atala, a woman who was mired in mental conflict. She was torn between religious vows and the one man she loved. Although the heroine wears virgin white, some sensuality is shown with grace. The day is waning, and the sun’s last light caresses her fair bosom and her face. The focus is this woman, but my eyes go to the half-nude Indian whose skin is brown, in contrast to the girl who lies dead by her own hand for fear she would sin! The novel that explored Atala’s woe inspired more than one painter in the time romanticism had begun to grow, but Girodet’s work of art for me is prime! Written May 9, 2017 for the Celebration of Art Contest of Kim Rodrigues Note: I can't find a French syllable counter, but English puts the artist's name Girodet at three syllables.

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Date: 5/26/2017 2:42:00 PM
Telling an artists story with your art. Words that paint images of this painting. Great job.
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Date: 5/26/2017 6:56:00 AM
an interesting story here, andrea, and a great introduction to an artist i knew nothing about...i'm in good company in 3rd place - congrats on your win!
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Date: 5/26/2017 4:48:00 AM
Coming back with congrats on your placement.
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Date: 5/26/2017 4:27:00 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved win Andrea, your poetry and knowledge is amazing, A big 7 from me, I will certainly view more of this artists work. :))
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Date: 5/25/2017 8:45:00 PM
This is wonderfully penned, Andrea, about an exquisite painting by the Romantic master of light and eroticism ... I was very pleased to see that someone had chosen him for their focus, and even more so to read this superb tribute! You have captured the artist's intent, the technique and substance of the work, and the incredibly sad story behind it - all the elements put together in wonderful rhyme and tempo. Enjoyed this immensely, (as I do Girodet) - congrats! A seven for sure! :-)
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 5/25/2017 9:33:00 PM
I thank you so much for this comment. Good to know someone else admires this type of artist as much as I do.
Date: 5/25/2017 8:16:00 PM
Dear Andrea, I am surprised this masterful work is not nearer to the top of this winning list, but it is honored and will get read, being on the winner's list. Congratulations! I think you did a superb job with your interpretation of this moving piece. 7 ; )
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 5/25/2017 9:33:00 PM
Thanks so much, my friend.
Date: 5/25/2017 10:23:00 AM
A great descriptive piece Andrea, well deserved placement in a competition with so many excellent submissions.
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Date: 5/25/2017 7:48:00 AM
This image grabs the heart! Thank you for sharing this story and painting! My favorite at the Louvre was "Requiem For A Knight" Let me know what you think. The pic doesn't do it justice. They are life-size figures.
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Date: 5/25/2017 1:21:00 AM
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Date: 5/25/2017 12:53:00 AM
Andrea congratulations on your win with this outstanding and beautifully penned poem
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Date: 5/24/2017 11:57:00 PM
Congratulations on your win in my contest! Indeed, our PS art gallery is divine! I will return to comment on your individual poem. Blessings...Kim
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Date: 5/15/2017 10:00:00 AM
Hi Andrea, your wonderful words paint this painting so well. I have never heard of this artist before. The picture itself is sublime in its subject and your words to describe it are also sublime. Such a beautiful write Andrea. This has to be a seven and a fave. Hugs....Mike. XX Good luck in the contest.
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Date: 5/12/2017 4:04:00 PM
lovely write - have to admit I hadn't even heard of this artist but i like his painting
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Date: 5/12/2017 5:09:00 AM
Your words paint the scene well wishes
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Date: 5/11/2017 7:24:00 PM
I just adore this painting. The poem serves to enlighten us on the story the artist tells. Perfect! A Fav!
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Date: 5/11/2017 4:42:00 PM
I have read but a few poets who can do what you do. Wow! A 7 or more. Well researched, well said. Did I say wow?
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Date: 5/11/2017 10:15:00 AM
Beautiful work, Andrea, as was Girodet's work. Girodet's name rhymes with 'of-the-day,' as in, 'Your work is the best of the day.'
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Date: 5/11/2017 3:17:00 AM
Nice story, I changed my Little Black Bird to a verse. You haven't read The Veil. Or Hell Found Me :)
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Date: 5/10/2017 2:05:00 PM
Hi Andrea. A quatrain to savour. The love just melts the heart. Such true reverence and dedication. It belongs on stage similar to madame Butterfly at least. Your poem makes me dream
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Date: 5/10/2017 6:57:00 AM
I had never heard of this painter- thanks for introducing me to him with you beautiful poem.
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Date: 5/10/2017 1:55:00 AM
Yes, Girodet has 3 syllables, Andrea, Gi-ro-det. This is a fantastic entry. Your observations, everything you see in the painting described with brilliant imagery. Good luck in the contest!
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Date: 5/10/2017 12:51:00 AM
Wow Andrea. You got your art poem finished! Great work! You chose an artwork that has much to offer and you worded this beautifully.
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