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  1. Introduction
  2. Its development over the years
  3. It economic policy
  4. Conclusion

This document will be about Georges Scott. We have very little documentation to highlight about him who was one of the greatest illustrators of his time and an outstanding war reporter, working for major newspapers such as L'Illustration, the intransigent, the Graphic, Mame and the Daily Mirror. Only one portfolio in the museum at the Invalides army and some items allow us to get a quick and succinct picture. A second series of difficulties arise due to the personality of the painter as well as the interpretation of his works in connection with the image that the public might have of him.

A military artist, painter of the First World War, patriotic citizen with accents close to Deroulede Paul, Georges Scott sometimes presents images of war that are far from the tone generally adopted and glorified and purified. Instead, his main paintings reflect the most accurate although sometimes idealistic views of the First World War, juxtaposing the darkness of a clouded sky by the fighting that was hardly distinguishable from mud. The sketches for the illustration thus, often replace reality, with the idea of terror.

Finally, the recent difficulties are due to the periodization of the works of Scott which were especially risky since he painted official portraits (the portraits of Alfonso XIII, George V and Mussolini). illustration of war and genre painting were ongoing and not an evolution. Thus, the official career of Scott begins and ends with an exaltation of the Napoleonic legend. In these circumstances, we can say that Georges Scott was first a painter with eclectic tastes, given mostly to moods, with a feeling remarkably with the atmosphere of a subject to be reproduced without the ambition to develop an evolutionary approach to personal and visible aesthetics.

Born in Paris in 1873, son of Henry Scott, a reporter and illustrator, Georges Bertin, was marked by the precociousness he showed at an early age. In 1890, a student at the School of Fine Arts, he became a pupil of the painter Edouard Detaille. Two years later, Scott left for Spain with 300 francs in his pocket to advance his training. He worked to restore paintings for the Parisian market through a priest who bought them dirt cheap from sextons of churches in the area and which was sold in Paris. The journey took four months. Excluded by the curator of the museum after a compromising affair with a gypsy in the gardens of the Alcazar, Scott decided to return to Paris.

His career took a decisive turn at this time. After witnessing the anarchist attacks of 1892, he decided to contribute sketches evoking " stark characters and crowd scenes." Noticed by René Baschet, director of the newspaper, he became a regular contributor to the magazine for which he would write and draw for thirty years. At the same time he makes a contract with the Galerie Georges Petit, 8 rue de Seze in Paris, to which he stayed faithful. Scott went on to travel to all the countries of North Africa, as well as Argentina and Brazil.

Tags: Georges Bertin, Deroulede Paul, Invalides army

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