International studio — 31.1907

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Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh


CARNEGIE INSTITUTE, PITTSBURGH

FRONT EVEVATION


AMERICAN SECTION
Copyright, 1907, by John Lane Company

HE CARNEGIE INSTITUTE OF
PITTSBURGH
BY ARTHUR HOEBER

It is characteristic of American push
and energy that a city of the size of Pittsburgh
should, in a few brief years, develop perhaps the
most important building in the world erected for
the special purpose, in one section at least, of
holding art exhibitions, and contain the most com-
plete and spacious
galleries, perfectly
lit, well arranged,
and of immense
area. Andrew
Carnegie’s mag-
nificent endow-
ment of some-
thing like six
millions of dollars
has, it is true, made
all this possible;
but in all fairness
it should be stated
that the expendi-
ture of this daz-
zling sum has
been not only wise
and discrimina-
ting, but it has cost
no end of thought,
of planning and of
study of the re-
quisite require- honourable mention,
ments, and to John the old mill

W. Beatty, the director of the art department, is
due great credit for his care and application. Yet
all this good fortune that has befallen Pittsburgh is
not without its drawbacks, for it has resulted in a
display so large, so bewildering, and so puzzling,
as to send the visitor away overwhelmed with the
very overabundance of the offerings.
Those who have visited the Paris Salon will re-
call the feeling of despair that comes over one in
arriving at the great halls where is spread out a
vast conglomeration of modern canvases. It is well
nigh impossible to go away with any definite idea
of the show, while great fatigue is sure to result.

CARNEGIE INSTITUTE, 1907

BY W. GRANVILLE-SMITH

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