International studio — 36.1908/​1909(1909)

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of biue a,nd violet mountains, so familiar to the Cali-
fornian, so marveious in its changing aspects, when
the evening light falis sidewise along the range. Ai-
ways it is the vast extent and the sufhcing beauty
and contentment of nature that Mr. Wachtei sees
and paints. Sometimes it is a live oak that for cen-
turies, through drouth and stress, has struggled to
maintain itseif on the rocky siope of some remote
mountain fastness, like the dfoMarcA o/ -HrMc, a
canvas owned by the students of the Poiytechnic
High School of Los Angeies. Or, it may be the
long, straight surf, rolling in at sunset when the yel-
low light comes from behind, and the body of the
wave is deep green and the foam violet and rose,
running up on the wet sand like a liquid rainbow.
It is this sunset light that Mr. Wachtel prefers,
for the Far West seems particularly the land of
afternoon, where night comes first. When the can-
yons darken and the shadows begin to creep up the
wide hillsides the landscape becomes more beautiful
than at any other time, then the rich lights deepen,
the mountains glow and the ocean pales until it is
fairer than the sky. His pictures are filled with this
exquisite light, and, indeed, possess even more of
pleasure for the observer in their delicate color har-
monies than in any of their other qualities. It is
the real light of California, when the late afternoon
sun gilds an oak-grown hilltop, brings out all the
noble sculpturing of a distant purple mountain-
chain or hlls some valley with sunset haze. Mr.
Wachtel is a master of these subtile, evasive atmo-
spheric effects that are the greatest charm of the
peaceful southern landscape.
Other artists may hnd an equal amount of beauty,
as great an inspiration in the lesser, more intimate
characteristics of the land, and render them as truly
and as beautifully, but to Mr. Wachtel will remain
the hrst place as painter of those elemental qualities
of the land, an understanding of which must under-
lie all true portrayal of the real character of the
Southern California landscape.
A N ATTRACTIVE Mediterranean tour
has been arranged by Alexander Robin-
/ son for his students. He leaves New
7 jL York for Algiers and Tunis about Janu-
ary 20, for three months, sketching in the
sunny, picturesque towns, then going up by Naples
and Venice for three months, sketching. Toward
the end of June the party will pass through Switzer-
land to Bruges and Holland, where the summer
school opens for three months, running to October
i. A number of pupils have joined for the five-
months' Mediterranean tour, and some for the

eight-months' tour. Pupils may also join for the
tour to Venice and HoIIand (hve months, beginning
April i). Many of Mr. Robinson's pupils are ad-
vanced students and artists, exhibiting, as well as
those who are novices in out-of-door training. Pu-
pils have come to this school from England, Scot-
land, Ireland, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Australia,
Canada and all parts of the United States. Yet the
number taken in sketching-tours is extremely lim-
ited. Thorough training in modern methods in
all branches of the arts is taught. A feature of Mr.
Robinson's work is his ability to demonstrate the
methods employed and his well-grounded knowl-
edge and appreciation of good composition. Noth-
ing is left at haphazard. A number of his advanced
students have exhibited in the New York Water
Color, American Society of Water Colors, Phila-
delphia Academy of the Fine Arts and the American
Society of Artists exhibitions, some in the Paris
salons and some in the London Academy and other
ekhibitions in England and Belgium. Such an
average shows a good quality of instruction on the
part of Mr. Robinson, who is fast gaining in reputa-
tion as an artist and teacher. Mr. Robinson is a
member of six or seven art societies.


THE MONARCH OF BY ELMER
THE HILLS WACHTEL

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