Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday February 1, 1884

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, February 1, 1884, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Feb 1, 1884 Casilear came in a little while just as my studies were going away to the Century. He spoke very encouragingly of my "Yellow Woods" thought it an interesting subject and spoke of its excellent color, of which I have had my doubts. He suggested more depth of shadow across the middle of the picture which accorded with my own feeling. Went up to the Century at 1 oclock and had my studies of last year 37 in number hung on the screen on the East end of the large room up stairs. They just filled and after it was done we lighted the gas. They looked very well I considered. Painted a little afterwards. Calvert and I went to the Artists view of the Water Color Society. A throng of young artists I did not know and only a few of the older artists. How these things change. I was much struck by the difference. The young men seem to be aggressive and lack modesty and many of their pictures are like them. A great array of bric a brac so that the galleries looked like a bazaar. The public like it. I can hardly say I do. It interferes with the seriousness of an art exhibition in my mind. Did not have an opportunity to look at the pictures critically. Came home early, took a bath and went to bed. Now that the Art Union Journal is being liberally distributed subscriptions are coming in. The weather is cold again.

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