An American art student in Paris : the letters of Kenyon by H Wayne Morgan

By H Wayne Morgan

Kenyon Cox (1856-1919) studied portray in Paris from the autumn of 1877 to the autumn of 1882. those edited letters, written to his mom and dad in Ohio, describe Cox’s day-by-day regimen and explicate French artwork educating either within the educational environment of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and in deepest ateliers, equivalent to these of Emile Carolus-Duran and Rodolphe Julian. The letters are very important for perception into the program and into Paris artwork scholar existence usually. Cox was once a tutorial, devoted to studying conventional drawing and composition prior to constructing his personal creative identification. many of the scholars who crowded the ateliers and lecturers of Paris shared this view, and Cox’s reviews and critiques, frequently pungently expressed, have been hence extra usual of this nice majority than have been these of experimenters reminiscent of the impressionists, who have been gaining become aware of whereas Cox was once in Paris. He commented usually on present fads, fancies, and critical advancements within the paintings international in this transitional period.

Cox additionally defined his lifestyles and travels open air the academy. those letters are a invaluable observation at the tradition of past due nineteeth-century Europe. He suggested on concert events, operas, performs, work, and literature, and the numerous varieties of life―the glance of the land, cities, structures, and people―he encountered in the course of his summer season travels to the Seine valley, northern Italy, and the artist colony in Grez, south of Paris.

Art critics, historians, and creditors of conventional and educational artwork of this era will locate this e-book the beginnings of the traditionalist view for which Cox later grew to become recognized. additionally, the letters are a regularly relocating bankruptcy within the improvement of an intellectually precocious younger guy from the yank Midwest who was resolute to develop into a painter with principles in addition to ability.

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I shall call there tomorrow.  63 rue de Seine, Paris.  It was famous for its gardens as well as lavishly decorated interiors, and its gallery was the depository for works which the state purchased from living artists.  Estimating the purchasing power of money in the past is risky, but the dollar of that time was worth at least ten, perhaps more, of today's.  I was very sorry not to get some letters while at the bank. 3 Of course I continually find out that I don't know it, but that makes no difference in the feeling.

I ate a little rice, after carefully scraping off the sauce, and drank a little weak lemonade—just enough taste to it to disguise the taste of the water which is awful—pocketed a roll and came on deck.  But sea air must be wonderful, for with all the discomfort and seasickness I feel generally strong, and though I would give anything for a little dry land and a night's rest, yet feel that after that rest I should be stronger than I have been for a long time and capable of a great deal of exertion.

Your ever loving son, Kenyon Cox, Jr.  I visited the transepts and found two of the very same little animals that Ruskin draws in the Seven Lamps [of Architecture], but either they are more worn now than when he drew them, or he drew on his imagination for some of the details. St­Maclou [church] is just behind the cathedral, and indeed I find that everything is to be found within a very small distance.  It is set up in heavy stones, without detail blocked out, and the carving never put there.  The thousand beautiful tones of stone and tile and slate and vivid green moss.

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