War and Turpentine - III (Pages 256-286) Summary & Analysis

Stefan Hertmans
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Urbain never painted a war scene, and the only image from the war is his photograph. In the 1960s, Urbain veered away from his small projects and began to copy grander pieces, such as the painting by Anthony Van Dyck of St. Martin cutting his cloak in two and giving half of it to a beggar. The painting is inserted in the text and depicts St. Martin sitting on a white horse, using a sword to cut the cloak as it falls on the two muscular beggars underneath. The narrator recalls the process in which Urbain went about the project, creating and modifying a canvas in his room, while also creating a grid to expedite the process. The copy came out flawless, even with Urbain's colors a little brighter. Among other works, Urbain's best copy is "The Man with the Golden Helmet...

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