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Catalog Number KSa020595
Collection Kate Strong Historical Library
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1848/01/28
Jan. 28, 1848?
Ariadne-By Vanderlyn. We never call at the studio of A. B. Durand, Esq., without stepping aside into his private gallery for the purpose of getting a look at the picture of Ariadne by Vanderlyn. We have occasionally enjoyed this pleasure for upwards of ten years, and every visit has had the effect to increase our admiration of the picture. Of all the painted women that we have seen, this is decidedly the most perfect as work of art, and the most beautiful. The story of the painting, like all productions of that peculiar character, is more moonshine, but the sentiment which it suggests seems to be composed of admiration for the perfect in nature and love for the pure in heart. A more life-like piece of coloring we have never seen, the position we should imagine to be exquisitely graceful and natural, and of the drawing also, we can only speak in the most exalted terms.
And now for a suggestion - The picture in question is occupying at the present time a comparatively retired place and should, for the benefit of our younger artiste, be purchased by some public institution and placed in a position where it can be frequently seen by all who feel an interest in the fine arts.It is now the property of Mr. F. Durand, and we doubt not, might be purchased on reasonable terms.Why will not the managers of the "New York Gallery" take this matter into consideration, and proceed to make an arrangement that would result to their own credit, and be of service to the artists of the land? But we have another reason which should advocate our proposition. -The Rotunda, now occupied by the New York Gallery, was originally designed and built by the painter, Vanderlyn, and was subsequently the cause of his loosing a moderate fortune. The Gallery in question does not contain a single production from the pencil of that artist and it strikes us that it would be not only a merited but a noble compliment to Mr. Vanderlyn if the institution should became the possessor of his masterpiece.
And now, by way of postscript, we would add a word or two about Durand's engraving of Ariadne. It was a work which occupied the labor of many years, and gave Mr. Durand the reputation of being the most talented engraver in the United States; and though he has long since relinquished the burin for the pencil, he still stands at the head of all competition in his former profession.
The Life School.-Another meeting of artists took place on Wednesday evening, at Mr. Church's room, (Art Union) and a Life School was established. The Committee which has been appointed to wait upon the Academy, for the purpose of obtaining one of the rooms of that institution, reported that their petition had been assented to.This matter having been settled, a Board of Directors was then elected, whose duty it shall be to manage the affairs of the new Association, and the Board consisted of the following gentlemen, viz: F. H. Matteson, B. F. Child, Calvin Curtis, James Kyle, J. B. Stearns, E. H. May, and P. P. Duggan. Mr. J. M. Falconer, was elected Treasurer, and Mr. H. P. Gay, Secretary. A Committee was also appointed, whose duty it shall be to obtain models; and it was resolved that the first drawing meeting should be held on Monday of next week. -
The promptness with which the Academy assented to the proposition of this new Association is deserving of all praise. The parent institution has undoubtedly done all In Its power to supply the artists with the models they needed, but as they have chosen to try what they can do on their own responsibility, it is no more than proper that the Academy should sanction the experiment rather than break any of its established rules. We believe that much good wilt result from this new movement, though we cannot but hope that tie artiste will not insist upon introducing in such of their future pictures specimens of their "model artists."
Jottings on Art, &c-We see it stated in the Philadelphia papers that Powell has selected for his Rotunda picture, the Discovery of the Mississippi by De Soto. Under the circumstances, this is a happy decision, for the subject has been painted only about half a dozen times, by Rothermel and others.
A new picture by Leutze has recently arrived in town.It illustrates a scene in the history of the iconoclasts, and is said to be a superior production. It was painted we believe to the order of A. M. Cozzens, Esq. After we have had the pleasure of examining the picture, we shall describe it for the benefit of our readers.
Mr. Huntington is engaged upon a new picture which represents a little child bringing flowers to Queen Elizabeth to her captivity. It is an exceedingly pleasing picture with regard to subject, and promises to be a great one in point of merit.
Mr. Kyle is engaged upon a picture which he calls "The Levee of Stuart the painter." It represents the artist receiving a call from Washington, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, and Adams, and will undoubtedly attract attention.
Mr. Rossiter has made a design for a large picture representing the Return of the Dove after the Deluge. We hear it spoken of as quite beautiful.
At number 396 Broadway may now be seen a couple of specimens of colored statuary, which are the production of Mr. J.C. Brunswick. They display considerable knowledge of anatomy, and among people who fancy such exhibitions, will undoubtedly be popular.
The Art Union Journal, for January, has been received by Mr. John P. Ridner, the American agent. It is an uncommonly good number and ought to taken by every artist in the land.
Mr. James Varick Stoat, a sculptor of that city has completed a design for the Washington Monument, which may be seen, by those interested in the matter at that gentleman's studio.
It is not true that the artist was imprisoned who was lately discovered taking a sketch from nature in the vicinity of Paterson, New Jersey. He was arrested, but Mr. Jesse Talbot interfered in his behalf, on the grounds that the young man had not taken a view of the Falls, and was not therefore a trespasser.
The picture which was lately mentioned, as having come into the possession of James R. Smith, Esq., and which was supposed to be by Reynolds, has been proven to be from the pencil of Northcote. Every true lover of art in the city ought to see this picture, for it is indeed quite beautiful, both in design and color.
A gentleman of this city has petitioned Mrs. Gideon Lee, for permission to have Mount's picture of the Power of Music engraved by one of the more accomplished artists of Paris. We cannot but hope that the lady will give her consent.
Letters have recently been received from George L. Brown, the landscape painter, who has lately been traveling through France, Switzerland and Germany for the purpose of obtaining sketches. He was in Paris for a few days and there saw a landscape by Calame, who in said to he the finest landscape-painter in the world. It was a small picture that brought the sum of $1200. Calame belongs to Geneva, and is said to paint all his pictures directly from nature.
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