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paintings at the Carnegie Art Galleries in The first-named is owned by the PennPittsburg in the late summer of 1896 she sylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and received one of the three medals awarded was seen in the exhibition of the Society —and this list probably awaits only the of American Artists in New York in the lapse of time to be duly lengthened. spring of 1897 ; "Sita and Sarita ” is the
Her portraits, very nearly all guarded mystical study of a young girl with a on the walls of private houses, have yet black cat on her shoulder—the one supbeen exhibited in public sufficiently to plementing the other. "Cynthia" is a pormake many of the more important gener- trait of the little daughter of Mrs. Rosina ally known. To Paris, in 1896, she sent Emmet Sherwood, a study in crimson, "A New England Woman," “Sita and lilac, and white. “Reverie," now" The Sarita,” “ Cynthia,” “Ernesta,” “ The Dreamer," was seen in New York at the Dreamer" and the portrait of Doctor Grier. Academy exhibition in 1894, and also in
1897 at that of the Ohio Society; the years which the painter thinks are among little girl, Ernesta, and her section of a big her best works—softening, as nothing else nurse, at the Society of American Artists can, the lines around the gentle face and in 1894, and it was this canvas which was the folded hands of peaceful living. awarded the Pittsburg medal. The por- The lack of necessary connection betrait of Doctor Grier, one of the compar- tween technical artistic skill and the poratively few studies of masculine individu- trait painter's sixth sense, the perception ality which Miss Beaux has executed, was of the inner character, is abundantly depainted in 1892, and won her the medal monstrated by the usual work seen in of the Philadelphia Art Club.
galleries. Even when the two, after wanIn this canvas the portrait painter's dering aimlessly about in the ether, as it breadth of vision and of comprehension were, come together in the endowment of is combined with an admirable detail, the some lucky painter or sculptor, his fortune modelling of the head being carried out as an artist is not yet made. Unless the with the utmost care and accuracy, and truthful rendering of the thing that is be supeverywhere with a surprising truthfulness plemented by a certain way of perceiving of local color. In some of her later heads even the fact, a gift of seeing it as it was the painter-possibly surer of herself and intended to be, without accidental flaws, more courageous—has put in the shadows a little fuller and more beautiful, illumined of the flesh occasionally in much more in the atmosphere of sympathy and right hardy complementary colors that give feeling, this rendering may be defined as greater vibration. At times also no con- merely scientific. The detective work of siderations of conventional grace have the true realist is only extremely good been allowed to hamper the frank render- photography. But when the right way of ing of character when the sought-for in- knowing things takes the place of the nardividuality was best expressed by breaking row way of knowing them, when the arthese timid bonds. But the color is al- tist's light for his camera renderings is that ways suave, harmonious, beautiful, rich beautiful one which we call spiritual, then and deep through all the changing ren- is his work glorified. That to a woman's dering of texture and local values. Miss hand should be given this power to porBeaux has the true painter's affection for tray sympathetically the souls of her neighwhite, which, as she says, contains all the bors, their strength, their intelligence, their colors, and most of the fairer younger charm, is most fit and admirable, and fortwomen and the small children with whom unate even are the bystanders who see it she so sympathizes are appropriately pre- done. It would even seem as though the sented in subtle variations of this most painter herself had been truly fortunate in difficult and brilliant combination of nat- one or two of the sitters thus rendered by ure's changing light. It is even toned her brush, and that nothing smaller than down into soft grays, “veils of thinnest her talent would have sufficed to have lawn,” in one or two of those studies of shown us the beauty of these thoughtful the quietness that comes with advancing human visions which are realities.
whose inspiring purpose it is to combine
the pleasures of the intellect with the
of what I know about fortnight at luncheon for the discussion
her own sex, hopeth mind at the hour—nay, at the moment. all things, believeth all things, and as to The purpose of the Luncheon Club is enmyself certainly rounds out the Script- tirely ambitious; the luncheon merely a ure by bearing all things, and endur- concession to human weakness, ingeniing all things. She and I never really ously contrived so as to yield a maxiagree on any subject whatever of intel- mum of return in knowledge—and dyslectual import, but each seems always pepsia. Ernesta regretted that she was about to convince the other. This lends unable to join this club, by reason of a continual enchantment to an otherwise non-lunching club which met on the same hopeless situation. Ernesta is particularly day — through no mean desire of the fond of women's clubs, and belongs to luncheon, mind you, but merely because many.
One club meets to read papers, the scheme recommended itself to her as on Tuesdays at noon, and another meets converting a lowering but necessary funcon Fridays at four. She is a member of tion into a higher intellectual forcea woman's political league, a college asso- lunch-power into thought - power, as it ciation, a health club, is chairman of two philanthropic societies, is raising money Then I asked a man to define a man's for a hotel for working-women, and holds club. Well,” he said, upon reflection, a class for the study of Bach's fugues “a club is something you join in order every Saturday, in her own drawing-room. that you may stay away from it when you I belong to no clubs whatever; from like.” which it is readily to be seen that her I ? said I. “ Oh, no, I don't, dear opinions on the subject are much more
a woman, if you please. I
you to give the club idea feminine, in as few mean?
” he asked. Well, that's very words as possible. She thought pro- queer. Fancy a man's being fined for foundly for some minutes, then said, “ A not coming to his club ! And this woman's club is an association for the seemed both to amuse and instruct him so purposes of mutual helpfulness and self- deeply that he forgot all about me, and improvement."
smoked two pipefuls before he got around * But you have luncheon, don't you?” to saying again, “ Fancy a man's being I asked.
fined for not coming to his club! Not always,” she answered, and her voice had a deprecating note. But
II then, you know, we should have to eat anyway; if we eat then, there is just so ERNESTA tells me that one million wommuch time saved, and we can keep on en in this country are members of clubs, with the discussion.”
and that these million women are joined Then she went on to tell me about a in one gigantic association called the certain club called the “ Luncheon Club, General Federation, composed of nearly
five hundred individual clubs, represent- of men. Indeed, there are not wanting ing nearly every State, and that each State those who say that it has been greater, has also its smaller organization known and that all the social, and nearly all the as the State Federation. Both Federa- religious, fabrics of the world are built tions have regular meetings, the smaller around women. ones annually and the large one bienni- Mr. Robert Grant has recently said ally. This federating movement is, she that women fancy themselves very much tells me, seven years old, and began, as did at present,” and spend considerable the club idea among women, with Sorosis time in studying the set of their minds of New York City. The purpose of all in the glass. And, to be honest, I fear these clubs is earnest. Some of them are we are in no position to resent the charge. for study, some for action, but all are for I fear we are in great danger, just at presmaking of woman a practical power in ent, of taking ourselves and our achievethe great movements that are directing ments with more seriousness than their the world ” and for giving her the ability value warrants. No doubt we are doing to serve “ the highly developed and com- well as a sex, if ambition and ambulation plex civilization that is awaiting her influ- and heroism and hurry count for anyence and stands sorely in need of her thing, and there is certainly no doubt assistance," to quote the words of the that we are doing too much. But there honored president of the General Feder- are still a few conservatives left among ation.
us, who are by no means sure that the Well, unrepressed mental activity with aspirations of the leaders among women, a purpose is better than unrepressed ac- to-day, coincide with the highest interests tivity without any purpose at all, and cer- of the sex and the greatest general good. tainly here is a high aim and a generous intent with which it seems ungracious
IN enough to quarrel. But it would appear to be the part of ordinary prudence that, All this, I have said, is fair ground for before undertaking so large a mission as dispute ; but let us assume that women is outlined here, the one million women are really exerting a wider and a higher who are pledged to it should sit down to- influence just now than ever before, and gether and talk it over, with some idea of that the world still needs and calls for finding out what it is going to cost them more. Then the reason for this tremento“ serve this highly developed and com- dous organizing impulse appears at once. plex civilization,” and where they are like. Given a Work to do, or only the Idea of ly to be landed when the work is done. a Work to do, and organization of some
I am taking for granted here certain kind is inevitable. This is the hour of premises which I think might fairly be the convention, the congress, the massdisputed. There seems to be a unani- meeting. We think in by-laws and act mous opinion among women to-day that in resolutions. Man or woman, there is the influence of their sex has never be- no way but that of unanimity, even to the fore been so potent and so needed. This accomplishment of the most personal and much is certainly true, that never before private virtues. That women should rehas so much been said about woman's solve themselves into clubs and declare place and mission in the universe, but themselves in constitutions upon the then, it has recently been declared that slightest provocation is only to be exthe present century has “ discovered pected. And if women were intended Woman,” which probably accounts for ultimately to play the title-rôles in the big it. Yet there are some of us who believe drama of civilization I suppose that modern research-historical, scien- earnest, strenuous note of the woman's tific, and sociological—has set forth no club is the necessary prelude. But this one set of facts with more seriousness seems to me very sad, because it clearly and emphasis than that the contribution indicates that women are likely to have of the women of all past time to the cult- a no easier time of it in the future than ure and civilization of the race has been they claim to have had in the past. One equal in importance and dignity to that of the indictments oftenest brought up by