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The sun. [volume] (New York [N.Y.]) 1916-1920, March 31, 1918, Section 5 Magazine Section, Image 71

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Views and Reviews in the World of Art
monotonous and endless series of small
rooms, exactly alike in regard to size and
shape, into which a large exhibition is
likely to form itself.
Notes and Activities
in World of Art
Philadelphia, 3, 27, 1918.
To Mr. Henet McBiauE: I never some
how sec Tint Sck on its proper day. You
have settled the Chase portrait of Whistler
and I quite agree with you that what re
mains of the unfortunate portrait of "Con
nie Gilchrist" is another disgrace.
"Whistler first showed how bad it was
by drawing a black brush mark from the
top to the bottom. Then he tried to buy
it back from Henry Labouchere then
after some adventures with dealers the
omnivorous Hearn secured it and dumped
what was left of it on the Gallery.
"Though Whistler would have destroyed
it I do not advocate giving such power
into the hands of the people. The Her
mitage is said to exist no longer or even
directors or trustees, they are only people
they would not have purchased or
from Washington for the opening of the
exhibit, land it was for this purpose that
the opening was postponed. Mrs. New
bold Le Boy Edgar and Mrs. Robert
Bacon are at the head of the New York
committee which acting in conjunction
with the French High Commission has
arranged the exhibit for the Sandnz Mis
sion, which came to America expressly for
the purpose.
An exhibition of well selected works by
half a dozen French soldier painters will
open at the Ralston Galleries April 3.
There are water colors by Charles Hoff
bauer, details of French army movements
ringing with sincerity. It will be remem
bered that this French painter was at
work on the decoration of the Thomas
Ryan Confederate Memorial Hall of
Richmond, Va, when the war broke out.
Lucien Jonas, who might be called the
official portrait painter of the French
army, sends a small portrait of King Al
bert of Belgium, the only portrait for
which the King has posed since the war.
There are also several originals of the
war cartoons for which this artist lias be-
and one of them, recently seen at Durand
Ruel's, recalls a story that is curious
"This painting, a Degas, represents
Munet and his wife, in their salon of the
Rue de Saint Pctcrsbourg. Manet, seated
indolently upon a divan, his head resting
upon his hand, regards Mme. Manet, who
in a corsage of white muslin and robe of
gray taffeta is apparently seated at her
" 'Apparently,' did we say t The can
vas, in fact, has been cut from top to bot
tom near the middle of her face, and it
is only a piece of Mme, Manet that one
sees. What is the meaning of the lacera
tion T
"Mystery t , -
"On the contrary, the mystery is slight.
It is simply a witness of one of those
friendly quarrels, sometimes sharp, which
never ceased between Manet and Degas.
Degas had wished to paint Mme. Manet
as she was; that is to say, passably corpu
lent, and that displeased at the same time
the model and her husband. Mme. Manet
expostulated. Manet took a knife and
cut the canvas, to the fury of Degas, who
"Gunners of the 3rd of May," by Goya, in the Prado Museum.
Courtrsy of Knniiir & Co.
even accepted the worst lot of Whistlers
in any public gallery in the world.
"Joskpii Pkxnell,
"Hotel Windermere."
The George Grey Barnard Cloisters
were opened to the public daily for three
years until November 1, 1917. They were
then closed to help economize coal.
They will be reopened to-day for the
year 1918, daily from 10 to 5, except
Mondays. An admission fee of 50 cents
for Saturdays and Sundays and $1 for
other days will be charged for the liencfit
of the widows and orphans of French
The Cloisters are on Fort Washington
avenue at 189th street, and are reached
by the Broadway subway to 181st street.
Artists, art schools and any school
classes will be admitted free on applica
tion by letter to the secretary, Miss Ames,
454 Fort Washington avenue.
come famous. Maurice Chainaux, a
young Belgian who has served in the
French army, sends some curious pastel
decorative sketches, and Jean Duval a
series of two toned chalk drawings.
seized and carried off his niutihited pic
ture." Such is the story. It .should be added
that the remains of the picture constitute
a very interesting portrait of Manet.
It is definitely announced that the ex
hibit of paintings, autographs and docu
ments brought here under the auspices
of the Sandoz Mission and the Society of
the French Artists of the Beaux Arts, to
be shown-at the former resilience of Col.
and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt, will open
to-morrow, Easter Monday. Included in
the objects to Ik shown will be the paint
ing "On Guard lor I.ilerty." painted by
.T. Berne Bellecourt, which is to be pre
sented to President Wilson as :i gift of
the memliers of the Society of French
Artists of the Beaux Arts of Paris. An
elaborate ceremony is to be arranged in
JV-onnection with the presentation.
jjf It is further announced that IJi-hop
David M. Greer and Rahhi Joseph Sil
verman of Temple Emauu-KI have been
added to the list of prominent men anil
women of Xew York who have accepted
invitations to act as honorary patrons.
It is lielieved .that Ambassador Jusser
and will be able to come to New York
Henry de Forge recounts in a recent
French newspaper this story of a
Parisian painter who receives pupils.
The artist said:
"I've had for some time a new pupil,
Mme C, an unexpected pupil, because she
is no longer of the age that learns. Her
seventy years have known little of paint
ing. Her education, therefore, has to be
gin at the beginning.
"Nevertheless, I've never had a more
submissive, zealous or attentive pupil.
She has the determination to paint, a
tenacious will. It is necessary that she
accomplish within a few months some
(Mrtraits. She means to paint only por
traits. The photographs she possesses
seem vain to her. She wishes to have the
life that color gives and attitudes that she
has in mind, the souvenirs that she
guards in her eyes, in her heart, in all
their details.
"To paint them she has only to look
within herself, where she see?. thee image
intensely. With what feverish vmotion,
once she knows how. will she realize these
dear portraits from the depths of her ten
derness, with the gestuies she prefers and
the posts she loved. Because that is the
end of these patient lessons, so that she
may have the ability in the long last years
of life, all alone now, to pass the hours in
painting, in remembering her three sons,
her only children, dead in the war at thir-tv-one,
twentv-seven and twentv years."
The following war poem by Miss Ger
trude Stein will be read with interest. It
was inspired by the entrance of America
into the war:
Indeed indeed
Can you see
The stars.
And regularly the previous treasure.
What do e have without measure.
We know.
vkr.sk ir.
We suspect the second man.
vek.se hi.
We are worthy of everything that happen.
You mean weddings.
Naturally I mean weddings.
And then we are.
Hail to the nation.
Do you think vie believe it.
vmsh vi.
It is that or bust.
VKR.SK vii.
VV raunot host.
Thank you.
Thank vou sy much.
Another recent French newspaper story
which may or may not be exactly true is
thi-. of Degas and Manet:
"We are to have the Degas sales. The
second of them, which is to occur in May,
includes the works of the dead master,
Mrs. Joseph Kpes Brown of Brooklyn
has presented the Brooklyn Museum with
a collection of prints, photographs, liooks
on art and a complete set of the Arundel
Society's ehromo-Iithographs, which are
the only extant reproductions in color of
the early Italian frescoes. This gift is
made in memory of her husband, the late
Joseph Epes Brown, and represents the
main portion of an art collection which
had bees in process of formation since
Many Superb
George H.
615 Fifth Avenue
Taka Elevator
Mr. Brown's college days. It has long
been the ambition of the museum to pos
sess a set of the Arundel Society chromo
lithographs, j
This society was founded in 1848 witk
the special purpose of preserving ths
memory of such Italian (frescoes aa were
in danger of disappearance by gradual
decay, but has ultimately included all of
the most important early Italian wall
paintings. These have! been published
vear by year until the total number of the
series is now about 225. '
The total number of iprints presented
by Mrs. Brown is 203, mainly copper
plate engravings, mainly works of the
seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Aside from the distinction of the periods
and artists represented, the quality of
the impressions is remarkably line. Some
of the artists represented an- mentioned
here as follows: 7 Barto'lozzis. eighteenth
century; I Cornelius Bega (superb first
state of "The Cabinet" before all let
ters), seventeenth century'- 1 Agostino
Caracci, after Tintorctjo's "St. .leromo
Visited by the Virgin"! (brilliant proof,
very rare), seventeenth' century; 9 Bre
vets, early eighteenth crntury; 12 Rich
ard Erloms, eighteenth (century; 7 Ede
lincks, seventeenth century-; 1 etching by
Van ilen Enden (superli first state of his
portrait of Daniel Heinsius), seventeenth
century': 12 Val. Greens, late eighteenth
century; 5 Antouiiis Massons, seventeenth
century; 3 Raphael Morgens; 2 Pirane
sis; 1 Antonio Kuiniondi, sixteenth cen
tury; 2 William Sharps, late eighteenth
century; 2 Robert Stranges.late eighteenth
century; 1 etching by Van Dyck (third
state of the first plate, afterward bur
nished with the graver by Vorsterman);
-I .Tames Watsons, late eighteenth cen
tury; 7 William Woolletts; 3 Francois de
Poillys, late eighteenth century; 4 P. Van
Schuppens, late seventeenth century; I
Joseph Keller; I Lomghi, early nineteenth
century; 1 Alcssandro Cardien, por
trait of Paul Barms, late eighteenth
century; 1 Desnoyer; 1 Raphael Mas
sarnl, portrait of Louis XVIII., early
nineteenth century; 1 Vogel; 1 Mundel,
nineteenth century; 4 large engravings
by Audran from paintings by I Brun
from the life of Alexander the Great
(these are the same subjects shown by
the enormous tapestries now on exhibi
tion at the Brooklyn Museum); 1 Mas
sard, representing the Rape of the Sa
bines, by David; I Laugicr, after an
other subject by David; 1 Joseph Mar
cucci, late eighteenth century: 2 Fai
thonies, seventeenth century. The photo
graplis include 128 large mounted sub
jects of classic sculpture in Italian mu
seums and of Italian painting and sculp
ture. The books presented represent ap
proximately about 100 volumes of rare
and standard works in flue bindings.
Old Chinese
Jadet, Bronzes Gins, Brocadei
and other Ontnta! Art Work
Dee &
619 Fifth Avenue
Two iccri South of 30th St

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