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Black And White Art
Sono Frenchman has called the theatre a book reversed. It is a happy epigram. By a similar analogy the engraving or mezzotint might be described as a reversed picture. And with still more propriety black and white reproductions may be compared to the pianoforte in the hands of a skilful artist.
Many years ago, when I was looking over Piranesi's Antiquities of Rome, Mr. Coleridge, who was standing by, described to me a set of plates by that artist, called his Dreams, which record the scenery of his own soul during the delirium of a fever.
Until the recent appearance of the Baudelaire letters (1841-66) all that we knew of Meryon's personality and art was to be found in the monograph by Philippe Burty and Béraldi's Les Graveurs du XIX Siècle.
John Martin, Mezzotinter
Martin suffered from too great early success. The star of Turner was in the ascendant. John Ruskin denied merit to the mezzotinter, and so it is to-day that if you go to our print-shops you will seldom find one of his big or little plates.
We have barely indicated the beauties in which the virile spirit of Anders Zorn comes out at you from the wall - a healthy, large-hearted, gifted Swede is this man with the Z.
The name of Frank Brangwyn may fall upon unresponsive ears; yet he has a Continental reputation and is easily the foremost English impressionist. New York has seen but little of his work.
Mr. Frank Weitenkampf, the curator of the Lenox Library print department, shows nineteen portfolios which hold about seven hundred litho-graphs by Honoré Daumier.
Lalanne's Etchings
How heavily personality counts in etching may be noted in the etched work of Maxime Lalanne which is at the Keppel Galleries. This skilful artist, so deft with his needle, so ingenious in fancy, escapes great distinction by a hair's breadth.
Louis Legrand
His superb handling of his material, with a synthetic vision superadded, sets apart Louis Legrand in a profession which today is filled with farceurs and fakers and with too few artists by the grace of God.
Guys, The Illustrator
If you could show Raphael a croquis by Constantin Guys he would probably look the other way, but Degas would certainly admire and buy the drawing.
Impressionism Claude Monet
THE impressionists claim as their common ancestors Claude Lorraine, Watteau, Turner, Monticelli. Watteau, Latour, Largillière, Fragonard, Saint-Aubin, Moreau, and Eisen are their sponsors in the matters of design, subject, realism, study of life, new conceptions of beauty and portraiture.
Renoir flowers, dewy, blushing. You exclaim: How charming! It is normal French painting, not the painting of the schools with their false ideal of pseudo-Greek beauty, but the intimate, clear, refined, and logical style of a man who does not possess the genius of Manet, Degas, or Monet.
Good-naturedly Duret explained he had just arrived from Portugal and that the breakfast was a veritable feast. And I have just arrived from Paris, he answered, and gave his name, Edouard Manet.
A New Study Of Watteau
NEW biographical details concerning Jean Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) may never be forth-coming, though theories of his enigmatic personality and fascinating art will always find exponents.
All of which is true; yet Paul Gauguin was a painter who had something new to say, and he said it in a very personal fashion.
I once attended at Paris an exhibition devoted to the work of the late Count Toulouse-Lautrec. There the perverse genius of an unhappy man who owes allegiance to no one but Degas and the Japanese was seen at its best.
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