Gustave Geffroy


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(1855–1926). French journalist, novelist, and art critic, director of the Gobelins tapestry works from 1908. A disciple of Zola's naturalism, in his regular column for Georges Clémenceau's paper La Justice Geffroy attacked academicism and passionately defended such independent artists as Monet and Rodin. He collaborated with Toulouse-Lautrec and was portrayed by Cézanne (1895–6; Paris, Mus. d'Orsay). His series of published articles, La Vie artistique (8 vols., 1892–1903), consistently advocated values of sincerity and humanism.

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