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Arts and Crafts at Manchester

the same way of treating the subject with'a rich,
warm colour; the same soft aspects of nature, the
same treatment of light and shade, the same vision
that only perceives the tints which blend and
mingle without precise forms or decided outlines.
But besides that, what a splendid vigour of touch,
what a triumphal song of the Roumanian sun in
Grigoresco's paintings ! And what thorough know-
ledge of the horizons, the scenery, the people, and
the animals of his country ! He leaves to posterity
the last portrait of the idyllic and pastoral Roumania
of bygone times, which, under King Charles, is now
changed into a military, political, and agricultural

William Ritter. .

The first exhibition held by members
of the Northern Art Workers' Guild, and opened
in the City of Manchester Art Gallery on Septem-
ber 26, was looked forward to with sympathetic
interest by those who know what discouragements
beset the pursuit of handicrafts in the great indus-

trial centres of the North. It is now two years
since this courageous little band of pioneers came
together, under the inspiration of Mr. Walter
Crane, to seek the union of art and craftsmanship
in their personal practice, and the restoration of
common industries to their place in decorative
design. Apart from such valuable help as Mr.
Crane, Mr. R. Anning Bell and others have ren-
dered in the formation of the Guild, it need imply
no reflection upon the earnestness and diligence of
its members in general to say that it has been
simply nurtured by the enthusiasm of two or three
men who have sacrificed—like all path-finders—
both ease and popularity in fighting for what they
believe to be vital principles of art. Whether the
recent exhibition succeed or fail in affording—as
the catalogue boldly suggested—"afresh starting-
point in the art life of the district," it was at all
events a creditable product of two years' steady
propaganda and experimental work. The exhibits
numbered over two hundred, and occupied a gallery
of considerable size. Not more than half-a-dozen of
the exhibitors can rank as thorough masters of their
craft, but the work of the beginners and disciples was
full of promise, and the members seemed to have
acquainted themselves with the more recent de-
velopments of applied art. In the next exhibition

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