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Faculty Mentors

Dr. Elissa Auerbach

Abstract

In The Dream by Puvis de Chavannes from 1883, what is presented in a nightscape involving a slumbering traveler who is visited by three luminous vestiges representing Love, Glory and Wealth. Scholars have noted that such representations of these three often appear in Western literature in regards to worldly desires, which could allude to the success of the artist at his current level of production. However, noting the extent of the influence of Renaissance and Medieval imagery on Puvis, and his commitment to French government commissions, there is likely a more political interpretation to the meaning of The Dream.

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