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THE MOORISH GARDENS OF And

still

a

shadow

lies there, cast

by

SPAIN

83

bowed

a queen's cypress,

with silent years.

From

the terraces and through the Mauresque openings of Generalift the most exquisite view extends. often

How

the

must Fortuny have lingered here

days of his life, enjoying the quiet and freedom of Granada which the big towns denied him, the open-air atelier in which he worked alone surrounded with perfumes and stimulated with its eccentric

beauty

able, too, to

;

look

in those happiest

down upon

the ruddy shell of the

" la Villa Alhambra itself. Figure toi," he wrote, Borgh^se au sommet d'une montagne entouree de tours moresques, et au "

centre

le

finesse

d'ornements que

It

plus beau palais arabe d'un

is

impossible

les

now

tel

luxe et d'une

si

grande

murs

paraissent couverts de guipure." to separate these haunts of Granada

from the memory of Spain's great modern painter. Fortuny loved them all, and what the artist loves, passes into his work, till those spirit

who

of that

Couture "

see

dream also of what inspired it. Never was the work more exquisitely divined than by Thomas

it

few years after FortUny's early death.

in a letter written a

Oh,

les

belles choses

!

j'en ai reve toute la nuit.

nature dans ce qu'elle a d'aimable, c'est la floraison, c'est le coloris

"

II

n'est plus

de

la

c'est la vie, c'est la

comnje

C'est la

lumiere,

Dieu par ses fleurs. plus du travail, ce n'est

le fait

peinture, ce n'est

Des papillons ont frole ces toiles en y laissant plus d'un homme. leurs parures, des fees ont presse les plus belles fleurs pour les colorer. Tout petille de soleil et d'esprit, tout se transforme dans ce prisme magique. Le vulgaire devient poitique, la satire La guepe comme la rose est du butin y devient aimable. et les ailes fremissantes elle va raconter a ses amies empress6e

parfumies nos laideurs humaines. '

Letter written in 1875 to the late

" .

.

Mr W.

'

.

Stewart after the

his gallery containing a collection of Fortuny's works. Julius Stewart, Paris.

artist's visit to

In the possession of

Mr

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