Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday March 3, 1887

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, March 3, 1887, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Mar 3, 1887 Went to see Chases pictures this morning. Some of them were very interesting for a certain directness and freedom, but generally he fails to carry his work beyond that stage. His portrait of Whistler was simply ridiculous. I stopped at Vantines and bought a curtain for my bed room window. I went also to see Munkacsys picture of Christ before Pilate. The picture struck me as very vigorous and powerful brush work but did not get much beyond that. It was shown by gas light which to me seemed a comment on the tendency to blackness. The Christ is not at all a fine conception from my point of view. Painted until after 3 o'clock and went to Dr. Taylors for the last time. I went with Marion to call on Fred and Annie Norton but they were out. We came to my studio which Marion had not seen. Afterwards I went to the club.

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