Constantin Guys

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Constantin Guys, Ernest-Adolphe-Hyacinthe-Constantin, (Vlissingen December 3, 1802 - Paris Dec. 13, 1892) was a Crimean War correspondent, water color painter and illustrator for British and French newspapers. Baudelaire called him the "painter of modern life," and wrote a long essay on Guys in which he extensively praised his works, under the pseudonym "Monsieur G".Baudelaire, Charles, Le Peintre de la vie moderne, 1863. Robert de Montesquiou wrote a review"Fragments sur Constantin Guys", Le Gaulois, 18 April 1895. of Guys that acknowledged Baudelaire's essay, compared Guys favorably to Whistler, and emphasized his portrayal of details of women's clothing, and horse carriages.Munhall, Edgar, Whistler and Montesquiou. The Butterfly and the Bat, The Frick Collection/Flammarion, New York, 1995, p. 128. His subjects were Second French Empire life. In the Dutch novel "Au pair" by W.F. Hermans, one of the main characters is fascinated by Constantin Guys.


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  • Constantin Guys, 1802-1892. June-July 1956. London: Marlborough Fine Art, Ltd.
  • Geffroy, Gustave (1920). Constantin Guys, l'historien du Second Empire. Paris: G.Crès.
  • Koella, Rudolf (1989). Constantin Guys. : Kunstmuseum Winterthur.
  • Roger-Marx, Claude (1954). Constantin Guys, 1802-1892. Paris: Braun.
  • Smith, Karen, W. (1978). Constantin Guys. Crimean War Drawings 1854-1856.......
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