Review of water color and etchimgs show as well as Chase's "Sunlight and Shadows"
desti- I L . .. . : : " ' i 1 it j rmrnoo a ar ri i Tyb fa one of the rare exhlbiUons which Inspire o le beforebaod with the cheerful certainty certainty of a reaaoaabl amount of pleasure. Why is it that not exhibitions of oil paintings prore so deprm itng to tbe spirits 7 Because la the latter latter tha v roblems are harder, and only a fortunate fortunate few are able to rise to their levl; because, moreove -, -, it Is the fashion to attempt In a m ire difficult medium tasks which are rai ely tried In water colors and etchings In these two line workmen are lnspi d furthermore by a feeling which is not alwa n oonsclously appreciated by artists, but mak a wonderful difference tn their work, a feeling of nearness to their public. The gay, light tin s, white mats, and gilt frames are for the most part neither very costly nor do tbey contain itidence of rreat labor expended; they are with n the buying capacity of a very . large circle ol citlxena; they attract as the comedy of tbe U rhtest class attracts the theatre-goers. theatre-goers. theatre-goers. Tb brc Jdest farce of tbe negro minstrel la not stllii r than tbe greeting of Mr. Thomas Worth n tbe stairs in "No Flies on Me." A Mercifu Man Is Merciful to his Beast," and "Crowd d Out;" tbe worst goblin at Kioto's is not mor i impossible thsn Mr. Walter Bobbttt'a "Lord. What Fool these Mortals Be! Puok." The old. old puns of tbe clown at the circus re-torn re-torn re-torn fro no the past like fiie in amber before Mr. U. G. PI limb's picture of a painter's materials in - Snppo ted by tbe Brush;" before Mr. George W. Ed rards'a brilliantly colored portraits of flsht rmen's children in a boat cftlled "Sea Urchins," and before Mr. Clinton Peters' view of two children In front of a curtain curtain on tbe amateur stage, entitled "Called Back." Then there la "Codfish Aristocracy," by Rotx rt F. Bloodgood, a joke which must, at least in Boston, hare an ancient and flshlike smell, a id " Sub Rosa." by W. A- A- Coffin, a somewhat somewhat fa nt water color (like the joke) of a billet-doux billet-doux billet-doux c moealed by roses. Comedy of the superior superior boards may be found In President President i rood's figure " What's de News 7" and tl e composition called "The Helping Band," and good stock humor of tbe John G lbert variety in tbe familiar Connecticut Deacon In Mr. W. T. Smed ley's "October." Amatei ir theatricals are represented by Mr. Walter Batterlee. whether it be a " Decorative HoaJ" or a " Turkish Ewer Bearer." or somebody somebody Waiting." or " Looking for tbe Fishing Fleet," or a " Net Mender," for are not these personi (res young ladles and gentlemen dressed and poi ed for their Darts? indeed. Mr. Rudolph Bunne has felt so vividly this parallel between tbe fr licsome and unco guid stare and the water solors that be offers a view of Turn-Yum" Turn-Yum" Turn-Yum" n tbe Japanese salaam before " Nanki-Po." Nanki-Po." Nanki-Po." Ir it la thought tbat some of tbe forecolng bare li rger labels pasted upon tbem than they can be ,r tha quarrel with Mr. William M. Chase's out-of out-of out-of door scene, "A Summer Afternoon In Hollar d," is that It has not name enough. It 1 distinctly the Important picture of tbe show, not fr m it size, though in tbat it is eminent, but fr m the masterly handling ot sunlight and shadow r. the distribution of the green grass and 1 ave about tbe scene, and the fine values preserved between the two main figure) , a seated gentlemen and a lady in a hammock, and an old womai in the distance near a Dutch brick dweiln ig of a pleasing tone of red. Tbe fainting fainting of the man in a white flannel suit Is delightful; delightful; bis thoughtful face and expressive figure, tbe table with tea thing at which he sit, the hamro ck. and the feet aud ankles of tbe lady are b wutif ully - wrought. A story, however, seems lo be needed to explain the situation, and tberef re tbe title is inadequate. It took like a quarrt I. for tbe handsome young man la tboug ltful to sullen ness, while tbe paie-taoed paie-taoed paie-taoed lady si ith tbe handkerchief to ber mouth seems to be in the crisis of a quarrel or tbe be-ginnit be-ginnit be-ginnit g of an llinees. Sbe is almost too i nuch effaced. However, let us be glad of this rerival on Mr. Chase's part; luch painting aa this has not appeared for many years, and Indicates ability on bis part to do yel stronger work. The medium be has used is not regarded with faror by other water-colon water-colon water-colon its, since it Is a species of tempera, lacking some if tbe brilliancy of oils, but offering more oensia -enoy -enoy tban body colors alone. Considering Considering tl ist tbe tendency here, aa in England, haa been 1 oward the simplest washes and away from the u le of much body color, the painting by Chase is certain to rouse condemnation in some auart irs. He has also here a " Madrid Dancing irl." a single rather juiceleas figure with tamfx iurlne tn the air and little to mark it as dtstin ;tlvely Spanish. The impressionists of laadscspe are not in force this year. Tbeir wing la supported by Robe t Blum with "Mist and Sunshine. Venice." wbict we must take to be a marine: by Mlsa Gabr Bile Clemsnta with " The Signal, Venice." when we have to take for granted tbe wheels of the locomotive and tbe track, and by Miss Florence Florence fate, of Philadelphia, whose " Mid tbe June Mead ws" has no little evasive charm. Mr. Currier Currier ti not here, and Mr. G. W. Edwards haa none of tb ) former melting meadows and woodlands of a tew year ago, " Stormy Day, Kaatwljk. Holland," has a fine yeliow-rray yeliow-rray yeliow-rray water, and "Sheep Pasture, Normandy," a lovely distant line of woods, a single dark shepherd in the middle distanoe wrapped in hi cloaki ana various clusters of and separate sheep dtsrxfcd with cunning over tbe field and very pleasing by contrast owing to their thin fleeces undersboni with Dink. The Netherland water. eolntist return this year with good ware. Here Hasten, or Amsterdam, with still life. eever, of The Hague, with pleasing low- low- interiors and bumble rolk at work or Tbe Heloing Hand." " Evening Chorea" other's Care." Ac all carefully wrought. and expressive genre pictures deaervlnr tlon. At the Luke" and " After Sunset" olland seen by George Poggenbeek. ng of foreigners and of undescriptive ber Is a loan Picture executed ht the. ua Detaille In his best manner, and called lew of the French Armv by Gen. Canrob- Canrob- tt." Tbe nam la somewhat curious, for a Which is Oen. Canrobert t where 1 the and why Is It called a review f A fine of alert aod Interested lock in- in- offlmra e right, mostly dismounted, must be Ger- Ger- na Austrian: the centre la occupied bv a nette driven by Frenoh soldiers and oontain-reoch oontain-reoch oontain-reoch officers uncovered as they return the or tne former: the left is held br another unted group, apparently French. In tne inaioations of com Denies drawn no. and on tfce extreme right is a large haystack. There Is floe work here from one side of the canvass to the other, but tbe impression is not tbat of a masterpiece. The inevitable centre of ink-rest ink-rest ink-rest la lacking, for even tne wajronette. unnirtm enough in itself, disperses one's interest owing to tae i act. tost it contains four omoera. Com mon work with Mr. E. A. Abbey's interior be other wall. "Tbe Old Song." SentU to - be sure. will not mHv ra pared with a warlike tmnn Rut llle. falls of tbe expected war effect. Abbey hits that most difficult of delimit shade, sentiment without sentimentality. Tbe youbB woman standing at ber barp smiles softly to herself, immersed in hor singioa'; tbe old eouble near tbe window touch hands mutely; tbe bid man bows ba bead. This is very gentle butlvery great art in tt delicate pathos and restrained restrained leellng. In all these point tbe American! American! 1 far beyond the Frenchman. Judging the lather from nis own point of. view. But how aa to nrchuique f Comparing picture with picture. Abbey's technique also Is finer tban Detailie's; wbfie tt may be tbat on tbe wbole the work of Detaille Detaille Is cleverer; so far as we can judge from tbe two example the foreirner ia the inferior oe new-x new-x new-x ora buminr Club's annual show 'Ml entries, among whioh tbe reproductions net urea oeionging so too utte jars, nary Mor-are Mor-are Mor-are not the least Interesting. Knowing tbe water colors, ana etchings of resident It Is curious to note bow ther Inbiram famou French landaoapiat. for instance, or imp, rwiacrotx, ana atuiet. Mr. r. c Far-of Far-of Far-of London, sends over eight pieces, mostly me from England and Venice Mr eneck has a large " Deademona's Hou ice;" Paris is represented by Teyaaon- Teyaaon- whoee work la an etching, La au Fauoou:" by Frnmentln. Faivra. rette, De lo Rio, Focillou, and Alexis Diss aad a Clara have bmn eta-hawi eta-hawi eta-hawi J. C K loot I, who also sends three views tu bis familiar stria. Kiarht ru. small etchings hare been made tor tbe catalogue, catalogue, which Is as simple and handsome as usual. The year 1886 will hare nothing to brlnv as a r. raoh against either. Etching Club or Water