Gottfried Schalcken in history and fiction
in Dissolute characters
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A painting often regarded as Godfiried Schalcken's masterpiece Lady, Come into the Garden, derives from a parlour game with clear amorous and erotic implications. The painting attributed to Schalcken in Sheridan Le Fanu's story conforms to the conventional descriptions of the painter's style, his treatment of lighting, and placement of human figures. As with certain stylistic rearrangements of incident inside the story, the historical account suggest that Le Fanu has transferred items from debit to credit in a suggestive manner. By the 1830s, the great French Revolution was part of history, and the July Monarchy was in power in Paris. Le Fanu's fiction of the 1830s keeps a sharp eye on French politics, even through the medium of the gothic and the demonic.

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