L'apotre Jean Jour Net (jean Journet, The Apostle)
( Originally Published 1913 )
Courbet's model was an old carbonaro, who had originally taken refuge in Spain, and had then set up as a chemist at Limoux, and had finally come to Paris to convert the city to the doctrines of Fourier and universal peace. His career as an evangelist, interrupted for a time by an enforced stay at Bicêtre, was fertile in incidents, which have been turned to account in the works of Schanne and Mürger.
It is not known what has happened to the picture that was in the Salon of '85o, but its memory is preserved by a lithograph published by Vion in the same year. There is a -plaintive poem, sung to the air of Joseph, which commemorates the apostle's wrath in the modern Babylon:
.. In the stews what did I see ?
....And the rich were languishing
... And I saw young women lay,
And I saw the fallen sell,
...Now, for the weary and worn