Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday April 5, 1881

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, April 5, 1881, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, Apr 5, 1881 The worst of days. Windy & cold and the city a cloud of dust. Went to the American Artists exhibition. A strange kind of art. interesting in many ways but wholly unsatisfying. Bastien Lepage's Joan of Arc is interesting but repulsive and ugly. All these pictures give me a strange unhappy feeling. Met Mr. Huntington by appointment at the Kirby Gallery where Giffords pictures are being exhibited to select something for the Century which has voted $2000 to be spent for a picture or pictures of Gifford. We did not come to any conclusion. Mr. Gordon and Eastman Johnson are associated with us. Painted on the Shokan brook but I have no invention and my work does not interest me. Went away up to Eastman Johnsons to call but they were out. Called at Fred Nortons but they too were out. Went around to the club for a little while.

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