For some days past he had spent most of his time in a studio which he kept elsewhere, where he was giving the last touches to a picture for the Exposition.
Amelie rose, took an easel which stood near hers, carried it to a distance from the noble group, and placed it close to a board partition which separated the studio from the extreme end of the attic, where all broken casts, defaced canvases and the winter supply of wood were kept.
The steps of a person coming up the narrow stairway sounded through the studio.
Ginevra Piombo, one of Servin's first pupils, had occupied the place that was now taken from her since the first day of her coming to the studio.
Nevertheless, political prejudice was not the chief influence on the conduct of the Right clique of the studio.
The aristocracy of the studio had for some days past resolved upon the fall of this queen, but no one had, as yet, ventured to openly avoid the Bonapartist.
Of all the young women who had, so far, come to Servin's studio, she was the handsomest, the tallest, and the best made.
She inspired such keen attraction that her old father caused her, as matter of precaution, to be accompanied to and from the studio.
She rose abruptly; walked with a certain deliberation along the side of the partition which separated the adjoining closet from the studio, and seemed to be examining the sash through which her light came,-- giving so much importance to it that she mounted a chair to raise the green serge, which intercepted the light, much higher.
They talked of the places they had been to in the summer, of studios
, of the various schools; they mentioned names which were unfamiliar to Philip, Monet, Manet, Renoir, Pissarro, Degas.
It distressed Annette to such an extent that now, if she went upstairs and heard Sellers' voice in the studio, she came down again without knocking.
I reflected that, having done a little painting in an amateur way, I could pose as an artist all right; so I took the studio.