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Emile Zola


Hello everyone Todays painting is of my favorite author, I have read all of his books ,matter of fact I even named my french bulldog Zola after this great guy his name is Émile Zola (1840-1902), French author of many works influential in the naturalism literary school including his series of twenty novels written between 1871 and 1893 .He was also child hood friend of the painter Paul Cézanne for many years , they broke in later life over Zola's fictionalized depiction of Cézanne and the Bohemian life of painters in his novel L'Œuvre (The Masterpiece, 1886).

Perhaps the most sensational and certainly politically influential work of Zola's is "J'accuse" (I Accuse!) (1898), his open letter to then French president Félix Faure. Accusing the French government of anti-semitism it was published on the front page of the Paris newspaper `L'Aurore' (The Dawn) on 13 January 1898 in response to the Dreyfus affair, a scandal that had divided the country in two as the rest of the world watched on uneasily. Captain Alfred Dreyfus was a Jewish military officer in the French army, hastily tried and convicted of treason in 1894. Realising their error in haste and bureaucratic bungling, the government was not willing to back down and release him from imprisonment on Devil's Island till many years later. Zola's article of exposure and ensuing furore led to France's enactment of the law in 1905 that separates church and state; "The Republic neither recognizes, nor salaries, nor subsidizes any religion"."


Zola was convicted of libel and after his internationally covered trial sentenced to a year long jail term but fled to England. He returned to France when the charge against him was dismissed. Dreyfus was exhonerated and regained full honours with the military. Back in France Zola continued writing, including his Les Quatre Évangiles (Four Gospels); Fécondité (Fruitfulness) (1900), Travail (Labor) (1901), Vérité (Truth) (1903), and Justice (unfinished). Émile Zola died on 29 September 1902 at his home in Paris under what some claim to be suspicious circumstances of carbon monoxide poisoning by stopping up his chimney. He was first interred at the Cimetière de Montmartre in Paris, then later moved to The Panthéon in the Latin Quarter of Paris, France. below is a you tube clip of The Life of Emile Zola - Trailer [1937] [10th Oscar Best Picture]


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Taken on June 30, 2010