Review of the Paris Salon 1900

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Review of the Paris Salon 1900 - AMERICAN ART. Pictures Shown la the Paris Ear...
AMERICAN ART. Pictures Shown la the Paris Ear v; 'hititioii.;. " PARIS. May 20,-It I at last possible to walk round th American picture section a the exposition and to Identify with comparative eaae the name on the canvases r with the entries In the catalogue. Needless to aay, the Hanging Committee baa placed all Its own picture on the line, though, hold! there la one exception to thla rule. Mr. John W. Alexander, whoae two v-ry Important canvases, " La Mere " and " Au-tomne," are both hung high up. The artist, knvwor. la nnt the loser by hla generosity. Ills portrait of Rodin Is, as I predicted It would be, the moat aenaatlonal work from the nolnt of view of actuallU which the American section contains. It represents Rodin, the aculptor, J an atUtude familiar .it l him linMIn a rlav model M Mi wnv mvw w. - " ,.; ef a human face la hla hands and turning it ahnut. unnlnc Ita lines In those broad. sensitive fingers of his, Just as Guy de iiMinuunt described him In "Notre Coeur." The prevailing tone of the picture ' is a silvery gray, 1 hear that it is to be ' reproduced In a well-known Illustrated re ' view In New York. Mr. Alexander's other two contributions those which are not hung on the line-are a very remarkable . composition of a mother leaning anxiously over her baby, a work In which the ma- ternal Instinct Is very vividly expressed, and a avmbolle stoud of two young women ealllng through an autumnal sky on the - wing Of their own buoyant a!!egree For brilliant harmony of tone, solid coloring, suid faultless drawing, Mr. Alexander has """never done anything finer than this latter smpesWea, n-hkth U a Uua. masierpmrft (Hardly to be classed as actuallte, for we ' fcava ail seen It before, but still fresh with interest and attractiveness on account of Ita avtramel brilliant workmanship. IS Mr. Sargent's portrait group of Mrs. Meyer and kp rhUJren. It has lost nothing of Its marvelous quality, and Is on of the most Donular nlctures In th exposition. Mr. w T. Dannat sends two small portraits both aomswhat eketcbily painted which show that bis recent purchases ot Lawrences are Influencing hla style. H was more sue-aaaaful in ths bull ring.-but if he falls in . tills new venture be does so In perfect earnestness and evidently wunoui snowing it Tha charanteristic beauty of Lawrence's - portraits and of those of th early English ' school generally was their carrying quality. However far you got away from them. ; thev aiwava held their places and planes. Thla la nreciaelv what Is not the case with .'Mr. Dan net's two female heeds, and that Is th most fatal' fault about them, quits ' apart from weak drawing and waany Dec grounds. - ;: "'-". - . rha rraat refutation which Mr. Inness en- Joys in th States la cordially confirmed by th opinion of French critic over her, hi Kill Pond has been very much admired, and his "Bunny Autumn Day," with lu rt-h ruaaat tones and dollcat sunlit at osphcr. 1 even better liked. Th two aa Mi-trait bv Whistler, on of himself and th other of lady In a black, low-cut Areas, are a UtU disappointing. Th painter a iwmmI with one hand nushsd forward In g somewhat enigmatic attitude, which may . be full of subU signincance, out is ot talnlv not dignified. There ,1s an air of "eolne- in to dinner" about th black Mis iiiv. s. faint aroma of sous which In terferea with th otherwise distinguished aimosnhera of the Dlctur. A third Whistler, aof In th catalogue, has also been hung, In pit Of It being ODVIOUSiy ra um ynu aid. and therefor outside th limits Of aa exposition decennale.; It represents a girl ' . In white standing against a mantelpiece '. and holding a Japanese fan. It la a very strong and particularly pleasing compos!. lloa. Oeorge d Forrest Brush contributes three works. In an old Venetian manner, which t... with" universal admiration her. There are critics who hold that nrueh Is th strongest living American painter. However that may b. hi "Mother and Child." loaned by th Academy of Pennsylvania, 1 recognised to be a masterpiece, gs is also th family group In which he has portrayed himself, hla wife, and his cMl-dren. With St. Oauden'S bone In th dls- Tha aolldltv of hi XCUtloa 1 la contrast with ths thin painting which th younger American school enacts ana car ries sometimes too isx. r Three very strong portrait are contrib uted by Mis Beaux. M easily tops to list of female artists in this ana pernaps in sny other of th foreign fin art sections. Her " Mother and Bom " la particularly striking, and I hav no space la which to enumerat all Its high qualities. Another lady, Miss Abbot, send a Utile canvas, " Anxiety "-a mother ' bending over hr airk child In a poverty-stricken mom wnivn IB m . ... - "i, nd composltlon-tha still life In psrUcularrl . Thayer's Virgin' on a Tnrons," Tan- ner " Daniel In th Lmns" Den "- strong 1 work by a colored artist; Vsn der Weydeit's "Hillside," suggesting Mnard. though atmnaer In technique: Fromuth'e fin pas- Ids of harbor life, lunger's " Becky Cole's UIH. and th very striking soascapes by Winalow Homer, on representing . two Wlnslow Homer, one representing two girls dancing In front of a woonswept see, the eth-r a great weight of wave dashing ea to the coast ot Melnu, hav al I attract-, ed much attention hert and high praise. ; Iii.r. I. lltila SlMannnlnlinsp with ! .. . . i . . I. While bodice holding Vp a yellow dog. While omr Cfmmom yviU Klowvra, ' Ur. Wllltara his other contribution, a Columbine i . ' "V,:: black sundlnf astraddle In What appears J r.t ww tt caarUe Sortba-w's he the high street at an A!"atl vll- s--. iwiv. gt . toga, .distinctly dlspleasine- ' J. Noble f ti.rlntf tlnmrdr nia Knruis vruin. umm m moonlight scene-girls bathing In a lake- j which is very fine, and a very successful , effort is tbs early moon on the sea" Feche en Bade "by Lionel waiaen. ineim a good, breeiy quality in Frank W. Ben-son's " The Sisters "two children play ing on a seagirt cliff. Chime liassams " Snowy Day to Fifth Avenua " might bo mistaken for a Plssarro, and is a triumph of "atmospheric realism., Charles-Davis's rosy clouds reflected in nine nw w. U distinctly good, as are also Blsblngs cows and the woman in a wmw - - and the large copper bowl by VTUUam Chase, A very clever composition la by Mrs. MacMonnlea. tne wue 01 ue lor. It repreaenta a woman wheeling a child in" a perambulator along a garaea path with a background of white lilies. Color, expression, pose are all excellent Harrison eon tributes one unu-ually large rlctnre slanting; . aunligbt falling on a thicket or young pines oj " " -v.r i i . fine work, but suffers from a badly ebosca frame, which is Just the same breadth and almost tne same coiur th. .tsatt nt the trees. His two -other pictures,' marines, . formerly exhibited at the Salon des ueaux aits, ana familiar to the French public, are worthily characteristic of his best style. A special word of praise Is due to a newcomer, tax. v tv m rah. who sends a portrait of a girl in red with a black hat. with pink and blue plumes, which is brimful of cleverness and originality. This picture attract ed great attention at the exniDition oi u American art students, neia ai vurana Ruai'a in tha hee-lcnlne- of the year, and it loses nothing by its present association with works of a mucn nigner ciasa. m nulla tha eontrarv! Its brilliance of utifn Is such that few painters would to have it as a neii-mmr Beignaor ,.m their awn nroductlona Mr. Marsh is. . wm b.pv vnnnr. and ha Would cer- itilv ainear to have a areat career . bo- lOre mm. A Utuo jorvran . nuiu a by Guy Maynard la also a very strong bit of naintlna-. and has been most unjustly skied. Mr. Walter MacE wen's three con tributions are striking, but -surely in his " Portrait " the foremost leg ot the elderly lady In th group must be a good deal too short Walter Gay's " Maternits " Hnds many admirers, as does Mr. Edwin Abbey's dramatically conceived and solidly painted " Hamlet." A very fine marine three fishermen manoeuvring a boat in r tempest- by Max Bohm, and Droho's . night scene, with tha a-rav-sreen of the trees in the faint moonlight, admirably given, merit careful study. Ridgaay Knight repeats bis suc cess of two Salons ago with "A July li ornlne-" a vouna clrl standing In a field of poppies with th wlndlnc Seine in th background. A water color, ." The River Pathway," by M. Louis Knight. Is a bit of th same landscape, and a very care-fullv naintad axd successful work. In faet asgood a water color aa th section has to show, i.r Stewart's nudes" nympnes do Nlssa-ar clever in drawing, though a little coarse in surface, E. Lord Weeks sends some Interesting Oriental scenes, which seem to be tn- want of, sun, though of course tha technique Is Irreproachable. Mr. Vinton's portrait of the Hon. A. W. neard is admitted lo be a strong perform ance Humnhrev Johnston's portrait of his mother represents his sombre but sensitive style very worthily, and before concluding a word of hearty praise is- due w v. i. Darllns's "Helping Mother. two small children round a woman who Is peeling potatoes. ROWLAND BTRONU. . -. . . , Mrs. Dioa's " How to Know tte W34 Flowers." Mrs. Dana's " How to Know th Wild Flowers" 1 too well known to need detailed description at thla late day. First nuhilahad In tha Sarin- of 1803. th book had such immediate and great success that the present edition comprise th nrty-atth thauaand so issued. Mrs. Dana has thoroughly revised her work la the pres ent edition; quit a number or nowers not Included la previous editions being added, vKiia advantae-e has been taken ot th necessity for completely resetting the typ to mak many and Important alterations, nut tha nraaent edition is particularly note worthy for Its beautiful - colored plates. about fifty in number, reproduced rrom faithful and accurst water color sketches mad for th edition by Mia Elsie Louis Ehaw. So .beautifully and carefully were these sketches mad that in many cases th actual flower seems starting from th page, and on can almost fancy th perfume, too, la la evidence. These color plates having la th present edition replaced many of Mis Marlon Bat-tarlee's carefully mad black end white Illustrations, to th interest of which It Is unnecessary to rerer at tais let aay, sn has added a number of new drawings, lather of flower before unlllustrated or frmmtt aanacts of those already shown.' While Mrs. Dana still Insists tnsi a book of this description to be entirely useful .i.miH ha k.nt in small enough compass to conveniently carried on walks, and b adapted tor use In th woods and fields, and at the same tlm so simply written as to appeal to and Interest th flower lover, who Is often not the botanist, yet since th en. giW vivw - w .nnaranre of th last revised edition ef - certain " through a peculiar charm or ''LporUnce, hive either forced J, Ja h D0Uce or been urged VD,m "" " , (litv vl KNOW TflH WTLO Fl0w T-RS; A

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  2. 02 Jun 1900, Sat,
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