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By Jacob Bean

The amassing of drawings was once lengthy the province of artists themselves. The Florentine Vasari shaped one of many first tremendous and systematic collections of drawings, and his instance was once through Rembrandt, Rubens, Lely, Reynolds, and Lawrence. nice eu museums—the Uffizi, the Louvre, the Berlin Museum, and the British Museum—have previous and critical collections of drawings. In the United States public curiosity in drawings is a reasonably contemporary improvement our public collections have brief histories. That of the Metropolitan Museum is among the oldest within the kingdom, and this can be as a result of the foresight of Cornelius Vanderbilt.

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In its violence of colour, its Cezanne-like solidity, it presaged the advent of the Fauves, the most dedicated exponents of the colourist as opposed to the linear traditions of the Impressionists. The reactions of the Steins were typical. Leo, who had bought Cezanne's Portrait of Madame Cezanne, wrote in his the Grand Journey 50 Palais, into the Self. 1 tremendous effort on his part, a thing brilliant and powerful, but the smear of paint I had ever seen. It was what I was unknowingly waiting for, and I would have snatched it at once if I had not needed a few days to get over the unpleasantness of the putting on of paint.

Chief amongst them was Puvis de Chavannes, who was 62 when the last Impressionist exhibition opened, had studied under Delacroix and been formatively influenced by Chasseriau. To a generation sated with the easy hedonism of the Impressionists, and sufficiently discontented with the squalid manifestations of greed and competitiveness which it saw as underpinning bourgeois society, his rather ostentatious nobility and idealism, his apparent quest for an art of classic order and ideal stability and his appeal to the 'higher' emotions were infinitely beguiling.

But to do either they must reach the public and have then works exhibited. 15 EDEBRAYr o n o BETTE-TINpUEUX-lEZ-REIMS BUREAU Oi REPRESENTATIONS &rueoel'I8LY Paris Imp SJ» 4HC0aHn C"83 hub? S'Dems, PAfilS + 22 Bonnard France-Champagne 1889, poster CHAPTER TWO The End of an Old World Ever since the notion of two kinds of art, one official, the other revolutionary, had become tacitly accepted in the first half of the century the problem which increasingly exercised French artists who had no access to the annual Salon was where to exhibit.

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