International studio — 61.1917

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The Allied Artists

LAS MANOLAS BY LUIS MORA


A I A HE ALLIED ARTISTS
BY W. H. de B. NELSON
The allied artists are no longer upon
the warpath fighting for existence, they
are a fait accompli. Their internal and external
relations are most amicable, in proof of which we
find a large body of artists waiving their individual
rights to positions upon the wall drawn by lot,
and achieving in consequence an excellent hang-
ing for the common good. In the matter of exter-
nal relations, we find the association continuing
to foster good feeling by welcoming academicians
to its banner and by using their galleries.
In the commencement, four years ago, the strug-
gle to gain a footing was as keen as any around
Verdun. To carry the metaphor from blood-
stained battlefields to the serenity of the nursery,
the allied artists might have been likened to a

delicate babe refusing to thrive. Change of bottle
in the second year brought slight improvement,
and now, behold a sturdy and precocious four-
year-old with all the promise of lusty manhood.
In the present exhibition, thanks to the skill
and labour of Messrs. Lockman, Mora, Powell
and Newell, one is at once struck by the felicitous
hanging which pervades each of the three galleries
in use and offers an object-lesson to the Independ-
ents, who staked upon alphabetical hanging and
lost. The Vanderbilt Gallery, the point d’appui
of every exhibition, presents a charming appear-
ance; the south wall, in particular, being a very
much brighter line than we ever remember to
have seen at any academy display. To say that
every picture is a masterpiece would be a fine
statement if one could justify it; truth compels
one, however, to record that the exhibition,
though deficient in masterpieces, is at least as

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