This panel is one of two scenes from the Legend of Saint Germain of Paris. Here Germain appears posthumously in a dream to a monk from Saint-Germain-des-Prés, exhorting the brother to maintain his faith. The figures dominate the compositions, fully commanding the dark blue ground against which they are placed. Details of the setting are minimal, lending a sense of the otherworldly to the vision, and forms are suggested by color masses, contrast of tone, and painted line. A series of concave curves and an ashen face turned away from the specter of the saint bring drama to the monk's pose.
#28. Scene from the Legend of Saint Germain of Paris
From the former Lady Chapel of the Benedictine abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris; [ Jacques Seligmann, Paris and New York (sold 1973)]
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