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Parallels Showing that Japanese
Art is Decadent
In the Eleventh and Twelfth Ccn
tunes the Work of the Orientals
VttH Much Like the Dutch and
Italian Art of the Seventeenth
< Copyright 1S96 by S S McClure
NEW YORK March 3ever be
fore this winter has so much attention
been given in the metroplis to a study
of the early art of the far east never
indeed have the art students and con
jiolsscuis had such opportunities At
the galleries of the American Society
of Fine Arts at the beginning of the
II year the Ketcham collection of Japa I
to agree with him In his discussion
of eastern landscape painting thcre is
no opportunity to disagree for he
shows that the Chinesein the twelfth
century made landscapes so similar to
the Dutch of the seventeenth century
that it is difficult in looking at a re
production to tell which is eastern and
which western
The landscapes reproduced with this
article are of the eras mentioned and
it will be recalled that the Dutch in
the seventeenth century were the first
to take up landscape painting the
Europeans previous to that holding
that it was a branch of art unworthy
of the spiritually minded The Orient
al landscape art of six hundred years
ago is essentially modern and nearly
akin to the present ideals of western
artists It is probably however not so
satisfactory to the general public to
see landsoapes exhibited ° in parallels
as to see figure pieces and sculptures
A very striking parallel is afforded
by bringing into juxtaposition a female
head by Raphael with one by Ririomin
who flourished in the eleventh century
and who was one of the greatest art
ists of China The Chinese head con
sists of the merest outline and al
though so very simple it is an extreme
ly delicate and sensitive rendering of
the Chinese conception of beauty It
is moreover as purely feminine and
as ideal in its way as Raphaels In
an entirely different view Professor
Fenollosa obtains an amusing contrast
by making a comparison of two pic
tures of dogs onp by Lands I er and the
other by the Kyoto artist Rosetsu
who lived in the beginning of this cen
tury The Chinamans method of treat
ing the hair and its texture is by the
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nese paintings and color prints was
on exhibition for several weeks and
the visitors of the masters of Ukioye
with the assistance of a catalogue
made by the best authority on Ori
ental art in this country Professor
Fenollosa curator of the Japanese de
railment of the Boston Museum of
Fine Arts It was the freely expressed
opinion of the majority of those who
constitute what is understood as the
world of art in New York thatthis ex
I hibition would attract no popular at
tention but be from the standpoint of
entrance receipts a rather chilling
failure But singularly enough it was
visited by pretty nearly all the art
lovers and studied to such good effect
that thr lectures now being given by
Professor Fenollosa on the art of i i
Japan at the Metropolitan museum
are eagerly attended and his views
and expositions receive the most care
ful and considerate hearing One of
the professors contentions by the
way entirely upsets the preconceived
notions of those who have accepted
the idea as correct that the Orientals
worked to accomplish results upon en
tirely different principles from Occi
dentals and that their ideals were to
tally opposed to either those of the
western classics of western moderns
He maintains and illustrates the
points he makes by contrasting on
lantern slides eastern and western
work that oriental art is great for
the very same reasons that European
art 5s great that in the time of its
greatnessand he concedes that the
present is a period of decadencethe
art cff China and Japan and the art
subtlest suggestion in some places by
I an outline only yet of such sensitive
ness as to convey the desired impres
sion most vividly In other places
he produces the result with a rough
wash On the other hand the English
artist did his work with a minute finish
and carefully studied details Yet each I
of these pictures shows the hand of
a master
In sculpture and specially in portrait
statues the early Japanese were great
artists and as far back as the twelfth
century they produced sculptures
which contrast favorably with the fin
est examples of Italian art One of
the illustrations of this article is tak
u I
I en Horn a group or portrait statues of
priests while the contrasting western
example is a Roman portrait head from
the Naples museum Here a similar
spirit surely animated both artists
Among the slides the professor used
is one on which are photographs of the
Apollo Belvedere and of a Buddhist
priest of the twelfth century The lat
ter is not the inferior statue either in
delicacy or firmness of touch These
parallels might be carried out in sculp
ture and in painting to any length
and the theory of the similarity of de
sign and purpose between the strong I I
est exponents of eastern and western I
art would always be strengthened I
But oriental art is not what it was
Its greatness culminated with the
period about 17SO when Kiyonaga was
the chief artist of Japan and the deca
dence began with Utamaro and his as
sociates about the beginning of this
century We have all been compelled
to recognize the immense influence of
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I of Italy and Holland had the same
range of subjects and was quite similar
i i in methods of treatment of these sub
1 f jects Indeed he has gone further
than this and maintains that leaving
mechanical correctness out of account
f as not being an essential the art of
Ii China and Japan shows other quali
ties of greater value aboxe all grand
composition fine quality of line and
f striking arrangement of masses
t Professor Fenollosa is an enthusiast
on Oriental art If he were not it is
doubtful whether he could have stirred i
up the interest he has and secured so j
Jarge a following Certainly his en i
1 thtssiasm makes him more interesting I i
I and It is a real gratification to recog
IS I cize the full force of one of his con 1
Ira < to of eastern and western art and I
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Japanese art on the art of the present
time in France and other pants of the
western world Of the Japanese paint
ers Utamaro has been more carefully
studied by French artists and collec
tors than any other In the beginning
he was an exponent of the ideas of
I Kiyonaga but year by year he de
parted further from eighteenth cen
i tury conventionalities until he became
I I j as well defined a decadent as the world
I j has seen This Japanese decadent of
a hundred years ago is the model that
I the European decadents of today are
studying with such enthusiastic zeal
I and such bewildering results It was
the unsettling of old customs and of
old methods of life which cast Uta
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that wonderful capacity which made
oriental art preeminent prior to the
beginning of this century
It may be however that in the
western world the imitators of these
oriental decadents are merely imitat
ors and inspired neither by unrest a
desire for discovery or anything else
more worthy than to attract attention
and to create a sensation Aubrey
Beardsley and his followers in this
country are pretty sure never to be
seriously trusted with any more am i
bitious and dignified work than the
making of book covers and posters
A modern Japanese artist in com
menting on European art said that in
their efforts at realism they tried to
deceive and failed while in Japan the
artists frankly gave up such impossi
ble efforts and contented themselves
with merely making pictures That is
all very well but it happens not to be
true The old artists of the east were at
once realists and poets They made
things like to what they are and did
not leave them dead and dull but gave
to them that life which imagination
alone can bestow on any work of art
In thus expressing themselves with
imagination the moderns are no whit
better and their sacrifices therefore go
for naught In our study of Oriental
art it would be infinitely better for us
to seek the best methods even though
they be rare rather than to imitate the
pictures which we cannot possibly com
prehend and which after all are only
half pictures at best It is not unlikely
as the best instructors of art nowa
days say that there is no study so I
profitable as that of the masterpieces I
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of Velasquez and Hals so those of a
year or so later will take their pupils
to school to the great Japanese who
wrought in a finer age and before the
beginning of the coarse and leveling
life of the nineteenth century
Mr Uhl Prompt to Act in Emergency
The publics knowledge of Edwin F
Uhl who succeeded Mr Runyon as
ambassador to Germany dates from
the Allianca incident When the Al
lianca was fired upon by a Spanish
manofwar the president was out of
Washington Mr Gresham was Ill and
Mr Uhl assistant secretary of state
was the responsible head of the state
department He took prompt action
which was very favorably regarded by
most of his countrymen Mr Uhl was
born in New York in 1841 but grew un I
in Michigan and was educated in its
schools and state university He began
to practice law in 1866 In 1S94 he was
nominated for senator but after the
fall elections there was but one Demo
crat in the Michigan legislature so
Mr Uhl became Mr Quincys successor
In the state department His appoint
ment as ambassador is popular both
I in this country and in Germany He is
of German descent
Chewed up by a bulldog was the
remarkable entry set opposite the first
sxtyfour ballots in an election on
Staten Island N Y last week The
ballot had been locked up over night
in an enginehouse with a bullpup to
guard them and the intelligent beast
had swallowed sixtyfour of them by
A Boys ReRclinpr Saves a Comrades
Early in February some lads at
Sandy Hook Conn went skating on
Niantic mill pond says an exchange
The ice was thin in places and one of
them Michael Keating 12 years old
skated over one of these spots broke
through and slipped into the death
cold water
Quick boys lets make a life chain
and save Mike cried one of the
others He was Stephen Kearne a
good sized boy 16 years old Little
Mike was meantime struggling land
screaming the ice breaking off around
the edge of the hole Stephen Keane
lay flat down upon his stomach on the I
ice some distance away Then he I
ordered one of the boys to lie down
I behind him and grasp him firmly by
the ankles Behind that another lad
lay down and took hold of his ankles
in turn and so on until all five of the
boys were thus held together
Stephen Keane himself was at the
head of the line and he began crawling
out toward the hole where Mike fell
in Before he reached him the lad let
go his hold and went down It seemed
as though that life chain would never
reach the place Mike went down and
came up for the third and last time
just as the rescuers chain got to him
and Stephen grabbed him by the coat
Hold on tight boys sung out the
head link of the living chain They did
hold on but Mike and Stephen and
the boy behind Stephen were precipi
tated into the water by the crumbling
ice The ones back of them held on
tight though and tugged valiantly at
the chain till all were pulled ashore
safely Then when the crowd that had
gathered around began to praise
Stephen for thinking of and executing
this admirable plan he only said I
read in a newspaper how to do that
trick and I thought Id try it
The news that Mrs Hetty Green
has contracted the habit of dressing
well has had a marked effect upon her
mail She is in receipt of circulars
from dressmakers milliners shoe
dealers and other tradesmen who had
long ago reached the conclusion that
the richest woman in America was not
a target for their shafts It is said
that London and Paris have already
I heard of Mrs Greens change of habits
A fearful crank an awful croak
My wife has come to be
So said a friend one dreary day
In confidence to me
Didst eer inquire said I to him
What nains and aches she knows
As like as not shes tortured hy
Some one of womans woes
Uterine disorders especially depress
the spirits and sap the energies find
vital force For these distressing com
plaints functional
irregularities un
natural discharges constant pains
weak back lassitude dullness sink
ing sensations and all
weaknesses pe
culiar to women Dr Pierces Favorite
Prescription is the specific
It not only is so It must be so One
Minute Cough Cure acts quickly and
thats what makes it go For sale by
all druggists NeldenJudson whole
sale dealers
The doctors have a camera according to
the circular
That takes all kinds of aches and pains
zymotic and tubercular
It points the embolism out in its exact
It finds the bullet to prevent the obvious
fatality S
It Is an Instrument which no
One places neath the ban
The camera thats made to pho
Tograph the Inner man
It brings to view the brokenbones of
S Christian and Mahomctter
Its more than on a level with the clinical
It takes a picture of the brains right
through the thickest cranium
And makes the spry nearologist smile like
a rreslt seranlum
In brightest glory eer must glow
From here to Hindustan
The camera thats made to pho
Tograpli the Inner man
It shows with truth the grave results of
accidents so numerous
The fish hook In the diaphragm and all
diseases muscular
And germs of grim malaria that breed in
mists crepuscular
The doctors now may Justly crow
in revelry to scan
S The camera thats made to pho
Tograph the inner man
The name of the inventor from the Obi to
the RarItan
Will soon be Known and he will be a
medical Samaritan
Oer whom the specialist will rave and
phrase abstruss and clinical
And place him tcr all time upon Fames
very highest pinnacle
Because his fame must ever grow
Who hit upon a plan
To make a camera to pho
Xograph the inner man
Washington Times
The New Military Bnlloortp
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Very useful for warlike windbags
Hints for Parents with Sleepy Chil
This is a queer story of the strange
results of the transfusion of blood
from a fowl to the veins of an infant
says the New York World A boy was
born to the wife of a farmer who lives
near Stonington Conn The child was
dying of inanition To save its life a
young doctor transfused into the infants
fants veins the blood of a fowl taken
from the farmyard
The child became strong and is now
a vigorous lad of twelve As he grew
in years his mother observed that he
was intensely fond of outofdoor life
and cared nothing for the society of
other children He always played with
the barnyard fowls and his mother
found it difficult to make him stay in
thr > hnllCp Nrt Inn in hc tile
covered that he i ft his bed in the
night and was found in the chicken
house in the morning She could not
break him of this habit She was distressed
tressed too to see that he imitated
the fowls in his actions walking with
deliberation raising one foot high from
the ground and > putting it down again
with all the dignity of a Brahma
rooster He made strange chicken
like noises too imitating the crowing
of a gamecock and clucking softly to
himself as he strutted about the yard
The birds of the yard followed him
about and the hens clucked noisily at
him when he crowed His mother
watched these strange developments
in her child with anxiety Finally
Becoming alarmed she sent for the
physician who had aved the lads
life in infancy He remained a fort
night on the farm studying the lad
Then he brought down from Boston
two other physicians They too
watched the curious antics of the boy
with interest and finally got permis
sion to take him to Boston The lad
resisted that and fought the physicians
with strange sidelong kicks from his
heels and volent knocks from his
He is now in Boston being treated
for his odd affliction It is said that
the only similar case reported in the
me ical journals is that of an Austrian
who having had a bullocks blood
transfused into his veins in later life
began to bellow and paw the ground
like an angry bull
New York physicians scoff at this
case reported from Stonington They
say the transmission of characters by
blood transfusion is preposterous
The Danger Come
In cases of typhoid fever diphtheria and other
wasting diseases when the patient has been
reduced in flesh and strength and begins the
toilsome climb to health Here Hoods Sarsa
parilla finds its place It enriches the blood
strengthens the nerves gives tone to the di
gestive organs and builds up the whole system
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assist digestion cure headache 25c a box
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You hear the same remark regarding our Early Spring Clothing
they are all right and justright Why Because they were bought right
and made right
And the price Why thats an invitation nay a command to your
purse to open its heart We have secured the entire output of Messrs
Frank and Steene of Baltimore Md who are about to retire from business
and by paying SPOT CASH we have received such trade discounts that iwa
can sell them for about onehalf their value and still make
a reasonable
profit This stock consists of Cheviot
Cassimere Vicuna Worsted
Wool etc
in Black and Colored Plain and Fancy Round and
Square Cut Frock and
Sack Suits latest cut and trim in fact strictly to date
up Our south win
dow shows a partial assortment
If you want to see modern art in Tailoring come here we are a ver
itable exposition of Fine Art Tailoring
In Hats Shoes and Furnishing Goods we have Beautiful Line especi
ally for negligee wear in Caps Shirts
for Golf Bicycling Sporting or Busi
ness wear
This seasons goods aro absolutly the
prettiest that the loom ever pro
duced combined with artistic skflled labor
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