Grandmother

Paintings

She attempted by a subterfuge, if not to eliminate altogether this commercial banality, at least to minimise it, to supplant it to a certain extent with what was still art, to introduce, as it were, several "thicknesses" of art: instead of photographs of Chartres Cathedral, of the Fountains of Saint-Cloud, or of Vesuvius, she would inquire of Swann whether some great painter had not depicted them, and preferred to give me photographs of "Chartres Cathedral" after Corot, of the "Fountains of Saint-Cloud" after Hubert Robert, and of "Vesuvius" after Turner, which were a stage higher in the scale of art.

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Memory of childhood bedtime ritual; grandmother's insistence on photography books depicting great paintings.
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Chartres Cathedral (1830/72), by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot || Source - http://cgfa.sunsite.dk/corot/
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