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There he finally won two travelling scholarships, lately turned his attention especially to fresco
which brought him to Italy. painting) shows a happy tendency to wed his

- primitive downrightness to the grace of the more

Such, briefly, has been Rissanen's career; his advanced Italians. The peasant-girl of Lucca,
art is a reflex of it. He feels, first of all, a strong who is filling her copper pot at a dripping well
impulse to reproduce the faces he has seen around presents a piquant union of the Finn with the
him from boyhood. They are peasants, almost Italian, and marks, let us hope, the line along
gnomelike in their homeliness, now listening to which Rissanen's unquestionably great powers will
the legends of Vainamoinen and Ilmarinen, now develop. I. M. A.
whispering and nudging each other over the pro-
phecies of a fortune-teller, now drinking at the REVIEWS,
signing of a contract. Or his attention may have Impressionist Painting. By Wynford Dewhurst.
been arrested by a blind woman, so frail and (London : Newnes.) 15.?. net.— In his preface to
helpless amid the huge boulders below which this richly-illustrated and well-written book, Mr
she feels her way; or, again, by a malefactor Dewhurst gives an interesting account of its
stripped to the waist and chained by an iron collar origin, explaining that from the earliest days
round his neck, his face expressive of that infinite of his pupilage to art he had been instinc-
pathetic resignation which marks, so professors of tively drawn towards the paintings of Turner,
medicine tell us, absolute apathy. Or again, the Constable, Bonington, and Watts; that in later
snow fascinates him, and he gives us the home- years he was fascinated by those of the more
bringing of his dead father, so deeply touching in modern artists — La Thangue, George Clausen,
its entire, almost bashful simplicity; or the fishers Edward Stott, and Robert Meyerheim; and finally
sitting watching their ice-holes, hushed into sym- fell under the spell of Monet. " Curiously enough,"
pathy with the dead white waste around them : he adds, he had been charged with copying Monet's
a picture, this, that might have been inspired by style before he had seen any of his work, so that
the spirit of Wordsworth. Rissanen's technique his conversion into an enthusiastic impressionist
has been considerably improved by his visit to was a short—indeed, an instantaneous—process.
Italy ; and one of his last frescoes (for he has From the moment of that conversion, the desire to

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