Monday, April 20, 2009


Alphonse Osbert 1857-1939
Vision 1892
Oil on canvas 235 x 138 cm.
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

This represents a vision of Saint Geneviève

In the late 1880s, Osbert abandoned naturalistic painting in favour of a Pointillist technique like that employed by Seurat and Signac

He also embraced mystical themes and the Symbolist movement.

Art as the evocation of mystery, like prayer’ finds no better expression than Vision.

Such works were praised by Symbolist writers who considered them visual counterparts of the poetry of Paul Verlaine, Stéphane Mallarmé and Maurice Maeterlinck.