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Gustave Brion

Gustave Brion (1824–1877) was a French painter and illustrator. He was born at Rothau in the department of Bas-Rhin on 24 October 1824. In 1841, in Strasbourg, he entered the studio of Gabriel Guérin, with whom he remained three years; he also received tuition from Andreas Friedrich, the sculptor; but he soon afterwards went to Paris, where his first work appeared at the Salon in 1847; it was entitled Interior of a Farm at Dambach. Six years later he gained a medal of the second class for his 'Schlitteurs de la Foret-Noire' and the Potato Harvest during an Inundation, the former of which was subsequently burned at Strassburg by the Prussians. His fame was further established by his Le Train de Bois sur le Rhin in 1855, and from that time his works continued to increase in public favour, and gained considerable praise and recompense for their author. Brion received numerous medals in 1853, 1863, 1867, 1868, &c., and the decoration of the Legion of Honour in 1863. He died in Paris 3 November 1877.

With few exceptions, such as the 'Siege of a Town by Romans under Julius Caesar, painted on commission for Napoleon III, and at the cost of much research to the artist, Brion rarely indulged in historical subjects. He delighted to represent peasants in their natural avocations: here they gather in their potatoes or chat by the village well; there they conduct barges laden with wood down the river; now we see them at a marriage, now hearing mass or attending a burial. Putting aside several subjects drawn from Normandy and Brittany, from the Basque Provinces, and from a stay in Italy, Brion remained true to his love of

Alsace, and it is of the doings of her peasantry that he tells us in his paintings.

Brion also worked as a book illustrator. His most famous designs are those for the first edition of Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables, for which he created the first portrayal of Inspector Javert. He also illustrated Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, in which he depicted Quasimodo and Esmeralda.

Brion was a nephew of the legendary Friederike Brion.

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Some of their strengths

Gustave Brion has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Generous, Caring, Passionate, Intuitive, Honest, Energetic, and Imaginative.

Intense and Passionate

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Gustave Brion is someone who is an intense, passionate, and intuitive person who is fiercely independent, authentic and direct when engaging with others. A person who is known for being fun and creative.

Adaptable and Versatile

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Gustave Brion well know them as someone who can be adaptable, flexible, and polite, like a flower or a sapling.

Imaginative and Sentimental

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Gustave Brion as someone who is imaginative, sentimental, and in touch with emotions.

A person who has extremely good memory and analytical skills, likes to make sure that everyone gets along, enjoys all kinds of situations and people, has a talent for travel and languages, and who makes lifelong friends.

Social and Intuitive

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Gustave Brion is someone who values forming deep friendships and relationships, and who has strong intuition and reasoning skills .

They are also someone who is patient, assertive, and who is a natural leader that likes to help others in need.

Mysterious and Methodical

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Gustave Brion tends to be someone who can come across as mysterious and intense, who can be a complex thinker who is methodical and intuitive, and who can overcome challenges that most others would not be able to.

Some of Gustave Brion's challenges

While Gustave Brion has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Gustave Brion can be Short-tempered, Impulsive, Emotional, Complicated, Brusque, Standoffish, and Irritable.

Complicated and Brusque

One of Gustave Brion's key challenges is that they are someone who can be complicated and gruff with others.

Gustave Brion must also exercise caution as they can be excessive and unrealistic.

Irritable and Moody

Gustave Brion is someone who can be irritable and moody, have a tendency to experience self-doubt, be too secretive, can take too many risks, and who can have an extreme approach to managing personal finances.

Sensitive and Aggressive

Finally, Gustave Brion also can be too "touchy-feely", have a hard time expressing feelings, be too aggressive and headstrong, and be too unforgiving of others' mistakes.

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