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Book: Nîmes-based publisher Alcida brings Samuel Bastide’s paintings to life

Book: Nîmes-based publisher Alcida brings Samuel Bastide’s paintings to life

Samuel Bastide’s painted glass panels, projected by a magic lamp, supported lectures on the history of Protestantism. During the first half of the 20th century, the native of Saint-Jean-du-Gard traveled in France and Switzerland. A beautiful book describes this work.

“I remember, as if it were yesterday, the enthusiasm that animated us, children, at the announcement of recreational evenings or afternoons led by Samuel Bastide and programmed in the reformed temple, in the chapel of the Free Church or at the meeting rooms of the Christian Youth Community.” Daniel Travier, founder of the Musée des Vallées Cévennes, now Maison Rouge in Saint-Jean-du-Gard, is one of the last generations of Cévenols who attended the conferences of Samuel Bastide who, with his painted panels projected with a magic lamp, told the history of the Huguenots from the city to the city.

Light projection

Daniel Travier co-authored with the historian Jean-Paul Chabrol an excellent book dedicated to Samuel Bastide. Once again, it’s Alcide Editions, from Nîmes Yann Cruvellier, who offers this wonderful book on Protestant history. Samuel Bastide was born in 1879 in a modest house in Saint-Jean-du-Gard. The family moved to the Ardèche and at the age of 11 young Samuel was sent to an apprenticeship to become an engraver. At the age of 24, in 1903, while residing in Switzerland, and while creating a workshop for photographic enlargements, he was able to continue his studies and joined the theological faculty in Geneva. In the end, he did not become a pastor, but he remained faithful to two associations that fight against alcoholism, Nada and Blue Cross. Precisely for the animation of the celebration of Hope, he proposes his first light projection after Monsieur Seguin’s Daudet’s Goat.

The book published by Alcide allows you to discover the illustrator work of Samuel Bastide.

The book published by Alcide allows you to discover the illustrator work of Samuel Bastide.
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Six lectures

In 1926 he was a traveling lecturer of the Central Evangelical Society in Paris and thus presented his magnificent painted glass panels in the Protestant churches of France and Switzerland. The book proposes a renewal of that production following the six conferences he elaborated, from the Reformation to the Revolution. Jean-Paul Chabrol thus puts each of the main parts into perspective with a clear historical perspective, while Daniel Travier evokes more of the man that Samuel Bastide was.

Jean-Paul Chabrol and Daniel Travier co-authored this wonderful book.

Jean-Paul Chabrol and Daniel Travier co-authored this wonderful book.
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The Huguenots, a story illustrated by Samuel Bastide. Editor of Alcide. €35

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