Studio: international art — 27.1903

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Manuel Robbe

powers and curiously eager for new effects. r~y OME MODERN AUSTRIAN
Not in his etchings only does M. Robbe PILLOW AND POINT LACE.

reveal himself as a shrewd observer of the ^ by a. s. levetus.
female nude; his sense of the modern always
finds a personal key of expression, irresistibly That there should be an Austrian lace, as
refined and charming. He boldly paints pictures distinct from French, Flemish, Italian, Belgian, and
in which a respect for the real does not exclude a others, is only another proof of the rapidity of pro-
very special way of seeing the living model—auda- gress which modern art, applied to technical execu-
cious, but penetrating. Nor are these the least tion, has made in Austria. Five years ago things
remarkable of his engraved works. Among a group artistic were at the same dead level as in the forties
of interesting young artists, all captivated by the life of the last century, but the sudden revival of interest
around them and eager to record its various aspects in lace-making has affected favourably all industries
by means of coloured etching, M. Manuel Robbe is in which technical skill and art are essential,
conspicuously gifted with a peculiarly sensitive The making of lace is no new thing in the
nature, alert for what is new and skilled in ren- Austrian dominions. Torchon lace, which is
dering with keen and subtle completeness his im-, always more or less en vogue in England, is chiefly
pressions and sensations, his feeling and his point made iri the villages situated on the Austrian side
of view. Gabriel Mourey. of. the Erzgebirge. Here, for hundreds of years


from the coloured etching by manuel robbe

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