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TO HIS LOVE
Come away, come, sweet love,
The golden morning breaks,
All the earth, all the air
Of love and pleasure speaks,
Teach thine arms then to embrace,
And sweet rosy lips to kiss,
And mix our souls in mutual bliss….*
Although often remembered today as John Singer Sargent’s teacher, Charles Carolus-Duran (1837-1917) was sought after by sophisticated Parisians for his stylish portraits, especially of chic and impeccably attired women, representing the height of fashion. Yet, in The Kiss, the artist seems oblivious of any social standards or restrictions, intent instead on freely demonstrating his passion for his newly wed wife. (See: end of blog for another view of Madame Carolus-Duran.)
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*Excerpt from To His Love by an anonymous English author.
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