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Promenades of an Impressionist   By: (1857-1921)

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PROMENADES OF AN IMPRESSIONIST

By JAMES HUNEKER

1910

BOOKS BY JAMES HUNEKER

Published by CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

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TO: FREDERICK JAMES GREGG

"Let us promenade our prejudices." Stendhal(?)

CONTENTS

I. PAUL CÉZANNE

II. ROPS THE ETCHER

III. MONTICELLI

IV. RODIN

V. EUGÈNE CARRIÈRE

VI. DEGAS

VII. BOTTICELLI

VIII. SIX SPANIARDS:

"EL GRECO"

"VELASQUEZ"

GOYA

FORTUNY

SOROLLA

ZULOAGA

IX. CHARDIN

X. BLACK AND WHITE:

PIRANESI

MERYON

JOHN MARTIN

ZORN

BRANGWYN

DAUMIER

LALANNE

LEGRAND

GUYS

XI. IMPRESSIONISM:

MONET

RENOIR

MANET

XII. A NEW STUDY OF WATTEAU

XIII. GAUGUIN AND TOULOUSE LAUTREC

XIV. LITERATURE AND ART

XV. MUSEUM PROMENADES:

PICTURES AT THE HAGUE

THE MESDAG MUSEUM

HALS OF HAARLEM

PICTURES IN AMSTERDAM

ART IN ANTWERP

MUSEUMS OF BRUSSELS

BRUGES THE BEAUTIFUL

THE MOREAU MUSEUM

PICTURES IN MADRID

EL GRECO AT TOLEDO

VELASQUEZ IN THE PRADO

CODA

PROMENADES OF AN IMPRESSIONIST

I. PAUL CÉZANNE

After prolonged study of the art shown at the Paris Autumn Salon you ask yourself: This whirlpool of jostling ambitions, crazy colours, still crazier drawing and composition whither does it tend? Is there any strain of tendency, any central current to be detected? Is it young genius in the raw, awaiting the sunshine of success to ripen its somewhat terrifying gifts? Or is the exhibition a huge, mystifying blague ? What, you ask, as you apply wet compresses to your weary eyeballs, blistered by dangerous proximity to so many blazing canvases, does the Autumn Salon mean to French art?

There are many canvases the subjects of which are more pathologic than artistic, subjects only fit for the confessional or the privacy of the clinic. But, apart from these disagreeable episodes, the main note of the Salon is a riotous energy, the noisy ebullition of a gang of students let loose in the halls of art. They seem to rush by you, yelling from sheer delight in their lung power, and if you are rudely jostled to the wall, your toes trod upon and your hat clapped down on your ears, you console yourself with the timid phrase: Youth must have its fling.

PROMENADES

And what a fling! Largely a flinging of paint pots in the sacred features of tradition. It needs little effort of the imagination to see hovering about the galleries the faces of no, not Gérôme, Bonnat, Jules Lefèvre, Cabanel, or any of the reverend seigneurs of the old Salon but the reproachful countenances of Courbet, Manet, Degas, and Monet; for this motley wearing crew of youngsters are as violently radical, as violently secessionistic, as were their immediate forebears. Each chap has started a little revolution of his own, and takes no heed of the very men from whom he steals his thunder, now sadly hollow in the transposition. The pretty classic notion of the torch of artistic tradition gently burning as it is passed on from generation to generation receives a shock when confronted by the methods of the hopeful young anarchs of the Grand Palais. Defiance of all critical canons at any cost is their shibboleth. Compared to their fulgurant colour schemes the work of Manet, Monet, and Degas pales and retreats into the Pantheon of the past. They are become classic. Another king has usurped their throne his name is Paul Cézanne.

No need now to recapitulate the story of the New Salon and the defection from it of these Independents... Continue reading book >>




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