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The Temptation of St. Anthony, (painting)

Artist:
De Beaumont, Charles Francois Edouard
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 459 (Sale info: $1500.00).
"b. at Lannion (Cote du Nord). Pupil of Boisselier. Medals, 1870 and 1873. Cross of the Legion of Honor, 1877. Hors Concours. " The Temptation of St. Anthony. St. Anthony was an Egyptian, born at Alexandria. Early in life he was left an orphan with one sister. He inerited great wealth and high rank. One day, having entered a church, he heard these words, 'if thou wilt be perfect, go sell all that thou hast and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven;' and also, 'every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for my name's sake, shall receive a hundred-fold, and inerit eternal life.' Such an impression was made upon him, that Anthony divided his wealth with his sister, gave his own share to the poor, and joined a company of hermits in the desert. His life here was so pure as to arouse the hatred of satan, who sent demons to tempt and torment him. They whispered to him of all he had left behind, and pictured before his mind the attractions of the world. But he prayed until great drops stood upon his brow, and the demons despaired. They then placed delicious food before him, and assuming the forms of lovely women, tempted him to sin. Again he resisted all their Arts with prayer, but he suffered so much that he determined to go yet further into the desert, and he found a cave where he thought satan could not discover him. But here demons continued to torment him, and tore him with their claws. Anthony suffered all manner of persecution from the powers of evil, but remained steadfast to the faith through all of them; and when satan was obliged to acknowledge himself powerless over the good man, Christ himself appeared to Anthony, commending his constancy, and promising that his name should become famous throughout the world. Anthony preached for many years, comforted the sick and afflicted, and expelled demons over whom he had gained great power. St. Anthony, January 17, A.D. 357. - condensed from Clement's Handbook of Legendary Art. " For wonderful technique, and for exquisite grace in lines, de beaumont has never painted anything superior to his 'tempta- tion of St. Anthony.' And in this picture he shows how much stronger may be the effect of a suggestion of a fact than the full representation of the fact itself. De Beaumont might have attempted to paint for us the old man's face tortured by the expression of his struggle with temptation, but he would most probably have failed in such an undertaking, or at least he would have given us something that might have satisifed us without calling upon our imagination or particularly impressing us. But here, the old man's face hidden in his bible, and his hands rigidly closed, tell the story of the terrible temptation and struggle with exactly the degree of power that is possessed by the imagination of the Spectator. There is a wonderful amount of 'reserved force' in this picture, and at the same time a completeness in it. Every element has its meaning, and no part of the work is in any way slighted in its expression. - Louisville Courier-Journal." [P. 89-90.]
Illustrated Catalogue of Works of Art in the Art Building of the Southern Exposition at Louisville, Ky. August 16 - October 25, 1884. Prepared by Charles M. Kurtz, Director of the Art Department. Editor of National Academy Notes and the Art Union Magazine. Published for the Art Committee by John P. Morton and Company.
Artist address: Paris, France.
Artist professional affiliation: F.L.H.
Topic:
Religion--Saint--St. Anthony
Figure male--Elderly
State of Being--Evil--Temptation
Religion--Prayer
Control number:
AECI 03860459
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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