[April 14, 2012
Accidents will happen (Masters of Faits Divers – Painting II)
The list of outstanding illustrators who worked for the weekly supplement of the tabloid “Le Petit Journal”is impressive: Jose Belon, Charles Bombled, Henri Brispot, Eugene Damblans, Frederic Lix, Fortune Louis Meaulle, Henri Meyer, Lionel Royer, Osvaldo Tofani and Charles Gaston Yrondy. Most of them were trained history painters with a specific talent for catching the fruitful moment.The most brillant and prolific master of faits divers-painting in the 20th century was Achille Beltrami, a disciple of the noted Italian history painter Francesco Hayez. Beltrami worked for the weekly “La Domenica del Corriere” for almost fifty years.