Random Inspiration: Blaise-Alexandre Desgoffeby Matthew Innis |
When Frenchman Blaise-Alexandre Desgoffe (1830-1901) decided to specialize in painting still-lifes, it must have come as a surprise to his peers. After all, Desgoffe had studied history painting at the École des Beaux-Arts and had been an accomplished pupil of both Hippolyte Flandrin and William Bouguereau, two greats in the field. At the very least . . .