Art Deco. “Le Comet” // by Maurice Guiraud-Riviere by Miguel Catalan

6 September 1757

260 year ago today in the Chateau de Chavaniac, Auvergne, France, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette was born to Michel Louis Christophe Roch Gilbert Paulette du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette and Marie Louise Jolie de la Riviere.

Briton Rivière (1840-1920)
“Apollo” (1874)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Bury Art Museum, Bury, Greater Manchester, England

The painting illustrates the lines spoken by the chorus in the play “Alcestis” by Euripides. The lines are:
“Apollo’s self
Deigned to become a shepherd in thine halls
And tune his lays along the woodland slopes
Whereat entranced the spotted lynxes came,
To mingle with thine flocks; from Othry’s glen
Trooped tawny lions; e’en the dappled faun
Forth from the shelter of her pinewood haunts
Tripped to the music of the Sun-God’s lyre.”