Studio: international art — 63.1914/​15

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THE STUDIO

HE GROSVENOR HOUSE EX- and the opportunity for becoming familiar with all
HIBITION OF FRENCH ART the most significant developments of art be some-
BY T MARTIN WOOD thing more than the exquisite privilege of the very

rich.

This Exhibition, which was perhaps the most At this distance of time it is possible to estimate
important feature of this year's London art season, to some extent the immense importance of Im-
was advertised as one of "Modern French Art," pressionism and the movements contemporary with
and further described as "From Ingres to Manet." it in France. In reviewing the work of Manet and
Neither title seemed to suit it quite, for no attempt Degas, especially, we cannot fail to be impressed
was made to bring the collection right up to date by the evidence of the greatness of that period,
or to represent some of the most outstanding To view the craft of these artists even upon the
events of the period from Ingres to Manet. surface is to be compelled to admiration of their

But if the description of the collection seemed miraculous skill and subtlety of observation. But
at fault, it is of the description alone that we when we reflect how much sympathy with life is
complain. The exhibition itself was organised betrayed in their strife for refinement of truth and
entirely on the right principle. It aimed solely how great the enthusiasm that made their close
at making the strongest
possible aesthetic appeal,
concentrating chiefly on
the salient moment of Im-
pressionism.

The Comtesse Greffulhe,
to whose genius we owe
the organisation of the ex-
hibition, is certainly the
type of patron which the
world is seeking at the
present time. Pictures
amassed in private collec-
tions do not exist for the
general public. Up to the
present in England the
most educated and eager
person has not been able
to see representative can-
vases of the phase of art
exhibited at Grosvenor
House, so unconscious ap-
parently of its significance
have been those who are
elected to watch over our
interests in these things.

At present it is only
through loan exhibitions—
though they are attended
by the evil that they tempt
those who take our treasures
from the country—that the
omissions of our public
galleries can be corrected, portrait de m. devillers by j. a. d. ingres

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