"until Puvis de Chavannes saw her"


 Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824 – 1898) was a French painter.  In 1890 he re-founded and was President of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts (National Society of Fine Arts), a salon and annual

exhibition for prominent artists of the day (Auguste Rodin was Vice-President).  De Chavannes' work is viewed as Symbolist in style, and he worked both on easels and in the form of murals.  As a young man he studied under Eugène Delacroix; later, he was mentor to both Georges de Feure and Maurice Utrillo