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Studio: international art — 15.1899

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Decorations at Neuchdtel

Arts under Gerome. His fellow-students soon
recognised not only his genius but his unique
personality, and over those who were fortunate
enough to be admitted to his intimacy, he exercised
a great influence not only on their art but on the
spirit in which they faced the problems of life, for
Abbott Thayer is one of those who does his work
faithfully and honestly, not as a mere means of
winning fame, but simply to do the best which it is in
him to do, in all reverence and simplicity. It is, no
doubt, to some extent true, as an American critic
has claimed, that the successful artist took nothing
back from Paris which he had not carried with
him, but he left behind him after his four years'
residence there a legacy of memories to his fellow-
students, still held sacred by many of them, of a
genius unspoiled either by his early struggles or his
later success.

The pictures sent home by Abbott Thayer from
Paris during his exile there were received with
genuine enthusiasm by art critics, and on his return
to New York in 1879 his position as one of the
leaders in the rising American School was fully
assured. Since then the exhibition of his various

works has been one of the chief events of the art
year, and his paintings are invariably accorded a
place of honour in American galleries.

THE DECORATION OF THE
MUSEE DES BEAUX-ARTS
AT NEUCHATEL.
The artistic developments which had
their origin in the republics and localised govern-
ments of Italy are well known to the readers of
The Studio. What is not so well known is the
stimulus given to artistic endeavour in Switzerland
from the similar cause of localised governments.
The most evident result of this is the creation of a
series of museums devoted either to the historical
collection of local art or to a collection of modern
paintings by the local painters, or to both together.
Each town of some size has already, or will have, its
musee, and Neuchatel, a town of some fifteen thou-
sand inhabitants, has a building devoted wholly to
an historical collection and to pictures, and which
to a large extent symbolises the collective life of
the locality. Many a town in England of ten

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