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A NOTICE OF SOME EXHIBITS., Issue 15640, 3 November 1914
A NOTICE OF SOME EXHIBITS.
No. I.—Tnr. Oils. K. M. Ballanlync’s ‘Green and Blue’ heads the cetologr.e, We see the green—it is th* Jadv’s dress ; but where is the blue? The drawing of the figure is clever, the drapery is very nicely painted, mid "he composition is agreeably uncommon. It is a pity that the face is so vaguely treated. This peculiarity is also observed in ‘The Lady in Red.’ bv the fame artist. The pose is excellent, the painting of the red costumo gives it the very texture of cloth that would rough a clothes brush, and ono seems to realise that there is .1 pulsating body inside; yet the eve rises to a face that is certainly not satisfactory. A little more pains might have been taken, too, with tho tablecloMi and the flower vase. The vaee seems to he about to fall over the edge.
In ‘The Black Hat,’ again, there is the same defect. The skill of the artist in overcoming an awkward 1011, the delight ful lightness of the cover on the lounge, and the really marvellous glow of light aV through the picture—these outstanding and iare merits are in a sense spoilt for want of attention to the face.
Even body who bas eves to esc with must like Stuart Reid s ‘ Orphans ’ —a pan of young rabbits nibbline in a fastidious way at a cnbbace-leaf. Mr Reid has coo tho red fur, and his rabbits are full of the joy of life. Another marked success by the same exhibitor is No. 20, representing two pinky-\vh;te pics in a stye. The study in each case is admirably true, and the 'style of treatment such a« suits the subject, the accessories being in nice propert ion, neither magnified nor pushed out of t ision.
A. S. Wood has contributed regularly to this exhibition since be graduated from the novice ranks, and each year he has taken a step forward. It :s now our pleasant dutv to announce that he bas produced .1 very fine picture. Early in the catalogue, wo find a nice niece, ‘Evening Glow carrying his signature; next to it, ‘A Dull Day.’ in which the eenso of rushing wind is "cleverly imparted ; and in No. 37, ‘ Dieary Winter,’ we recognise Mr Wood’s magnum opus. The subject is the oft-used one of a bank with trees and snow, but it is made beautiful by skilful treatment ana true feeling The looseness and crispness of the snow arrests attention, amd a poetic touch on tho part of the artist is as happy as it is rare W. Wright'* ‘Maori Family’ is a firm bit of warm coloring, somewhat overprettied. No. 21 is ‘ A Scotch Veteran, 1 by A. KKelly. The title is unnecessary, for Gm strong face is obviously Scotch and th" altitude suggests soldier service. The high lighting on the left side dies out rather suddenly—that is tho only question one can raise about this characteristic picture.
M. A. I-'ark strengthens the exhibits with portrait work of uncommon merit. The lady whose likeness is No. 17 on the catalogue may accept our assurance that the quality of the work in this canvas would find recognition in any gallery in the world ; and at No. 25 wo tome to anntlio: masterpiece in the presentation oi a Tamr farmer whose features are in verity put in the frame, ’flics:' are exhibits thn Miss Park may be proud of Here it may bo mentioned that this artist has offered to the patriotic ‘fund the proceeds of her olhei contribution:! to this year’s gallery, also a picture by D. Macla’irin, tho Scotch artist. Ons of’ the works thus offereij. a lith painting entitled ‘Autumn Woods,’ hangc on the same well as the portraits referred to. . .
‘Trees and Pool,’ by F. Sedgwick, is one of the larger canvases, every inch well occupied. The trees are individual studies, each making the most of its height, and viewed sectionally it is a pregnant picture ; but what wc chiefly like about it is its delightful harmoniousness and breadth. Seldom do we see such jeer feet agreement between skv and earth.
Of the exhibits by (•’ K. Kelly on this eastern wall we prefer • A Midsummer Morning’ (No. 14i, depicting a fidnl intake with punts and figures and the edge of a settlement in the distance. Downright good painting imparts interest to what would be otherwise a commonplace foreground. ‘By the Seaside. ’ is hardly so satisfvimr. The eye unconsciously wanders from the expanse of wcarieome rushes to the ocean beyond, which is real salt water.
G. W. 'Carrington's! * Walter Peak’ (Xo. 16) is co good, M far as the Wakatipu pinnacle is concerned, that the spectator from tli© point of view chosen by artist naturally wants to climb over the rocky ledge in the foreground and .got “Walter” in all his glory. The obstruction is clever but intrusive. Our old friend W. Allen Bollard maintains his last year's standard—that is our opinion, at any rate—in his large work. * Ottmo’s Wonderland.’ The ccena is a bit of Manapourl, the snow-clad Cathedra" teaks in front. The draughtsmanship of this picture commends itself to the obsei vant oyo. See how well the planes arc adjusted,' frith the result that the foothills Of the middle distance take on their natural brOurh hues. But the distinctive feature of this dignified painting is the glint of the gun on the snow.. For a moment or two w© had. the luck to sc© this in a shaft of direct sunlight, and. it shone . jjglandidJjv Some visitors tltpj
Arthur River piece (No. 28) is equally meritorious. We have no quarrel with such on opinion, and no desire to belittle the view of Mount Hart, but we stick to our preference for the Manapouri scene. R-. Wallwork’s ‘ A Quiet Game ’ (No. 24) is a vivid bit of color, and the cardplaysrs are very much alive. In every way it is a spirited and clever development of a subject that in some hands misses the mark. ‘Myles and the Nymphs,’ a larger painting close by, from tho >aine. exhibitor, is by comparison feeble, and one may fairly ask why Myles was the only one of tho party who took trunks to the bathing-pool. F. R. Brown has been unusually successful this year. His ‘Winter’s Eve’ is remarkable for the light on the snow, and ‘ln Nature’s Space ’ gives the feeling of ynslness that justifies its title.
W. H. Wanchope, in No. 34, has exactly hit the yellows of a harvest field, but the stocks are a bit stiff. We like the tone of R. Proctor’s ‘ White Wings,’ showing a vessel at anchor in Venice, her sails unbent to dry, and tho composition is decidedly good.
E. H. Bollard’s ‘Wee Birdies’ has the charm of sincerity and sweetness.
‘ News from the Front ’ is by IT. Linley Richardson. An aged pair are sitting together. Father gets a letter and turns to read it. The news is not good, and he looks grim. The idea could have been worked out to more advantage. As it is, the mother has a neglected appearance, and the notion suggests itself that he and she are not i-s chummy as nice old people ought to Ire. Francis Helps shows improvement this year. His ‘Queenstown,’ from a jwint of view not often chosen, has real moistness and sunshine in it.
M. S. M'Leod’s ‘ln Sunshine and in Shade’ (No. 49) is well drawn, but it seems to us that tho colors are a bit aggressive. A. J. Rnc, a Dunedin student now at Home, fends a promising little canvas showing iu bit of the interior of Rye Church.
The exhibition •will bo open every afternoon and evening, and on Wednesday and Saturday a musical programme will be presented.
A NOTICE OF SOME EXHIBITS., Issue 15640, 3 November 1914
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