SIR ANTHONY VAN DYCK
His Life and Work
By Jules Guiffrey.
Translated from the French by WILLIAM ALISON.
Edition: 250 Copies, numbered, £4. 4s. net.
10 Copies on Japanese Vellum , £12. 12s. net.
❧This important, exhaustive biography of the great Flemish painter
is based on the researches of the highest authorities, and notably on a
valuable anonymous manuscript in the Louvre, which presents the life
and work of Van Dyck in an entirely new light, and which has been
overlooked by every other historian of the Flemish school of Painting.
M. Guiffrey’s volume contains a full and complete catalogue
Van Dyck’s works—paintings, etchings, drawings, etc. (including many
known only through the engravings of Bolswert, Vorsterman, Pontius,
de Jode, and others), and of all engravings and etchings after his
paintings. This covers a total of over 1500 paintings and 3000 prints.
In every instance the present whereabouts of each picture is stated,
with its number in the latest published catalogue of the collection in
which it is to be found.
In selecting the illustrations for the text of the book, it
thought best, instead of giving reproductions of the numerous masterly
engravings after Van Dyck, which would inevitably have suffered by
reduction, to reproduce in facsimile upwards of a hundred original
drawings from the hand of the artist himself.
In addition to these facsimiles in the text, the book is
by a number of important works of Van Dyck reproduced by the
Dujardin heliogravure process, as well as by nineteen original etchings,
which will be of especial interest, inasmuch as they are after paintings
by the master which have never been etched before. These etchings
are the work of such well-known artists as Gaujean, Boulard, Noel
Masson, Courtry, Salmon, Milius, Fraenkel, and Hecht.
❧THE HISTORY OF MODERN PAINTING.
By Richard Mutiier, Professor of Art History at the University of
Breslau, Late Keeper of the Royal Collection of Prints and Engrav-
ings at Munich.
❧Three Volumes, Imperial 8 vo, with 2304 pages and
over 1300 illus-
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❧SOME PRESS NOTICES.
The Times, August 15, 1895.—‘Professor Muther’s
elaborate work on
The History of Modern Painting, which has for some years held a posi-
tion of authority on the Continent of Europe, is now being translated
into English by the competent hands of Messrs. Ernest Dowson, G. A.
Greene, and A. C. Hillier, and we are glad to welcome the first volume,
which brings the work down as far as Meissonier and Menzel. It is a
large volume of 600 pages, with some hundreds of “process” illustra-
tions, mostly of small size, which . . . are useful as presenting memo-
randa of the pictures. The English is good, and the book does not
read like a translation, and especially not like a translation from the
German, so that it may be read with pleasure as well as consulted for
the information it conveys. There need be no hesitation in pronounc-
ing this work of Muther’s the most authoritative that exists on the
subject, the most complete, the best informed of all the general histories
of Modern Art. . . . Professor Muther makes the most praiseworthy
attempts to hold the balance with the dignified impartiality proper to
the historian, but, like the majority of modern writers and artists, his
own sympathies are distinctly on the side of the forward movement—
for Delacroix as against Ingres, for Manet as against Bouguereau and
❧The Magazine of Art, August 1895—‘We have for
years been wait-
ing for a history of modern painting—not merely a list of modern
painters, or a réchauffe of biographical notices of the great men of all
countries, but a careful work which would take in European art of the
present day in its purview, and lay before the reader a systematic criti-
cism of all the modern schools of art, synthetical in arrangement, and
just and unprejudiced in its estimate. Such a work as we have hoped
for promises to be that of which the first two parts lie before us. If it
carries out that promise, it will not only fulfil the conditions we had
laid down, but it will have the further advantage of being thoroughly
popular in tone—popular in the best sense, to the point of attracting by
its inherent interest the general reader, for whom aesthetics are dry, if
not altogether vain and distasteful. Dr. Muther is not better equipped
by his learning than by his natural capacity for taking a broad, critical
view of men and their works, and placing them in their proper place in
his comprehensive survey. . . . Eschewing the refinements of technical
phraseology as far as may be, Dr. Muther sets out on his inquiry on a
clearly defined basis. His plan is to subdivide his subject rather by
movements than men, rejecting the greatest painters of any one country
if they are overtopped by greater in another, judging each man from
the point of view of the aims and aspirations of each, testing the success
of those aspirations closely and strictly, with a judgment philosophical
in its exercise and acute in application. In short, he exercises the
function of a true critic in attractive language—a little flamboyant at
times, it is true, but lively and picturesque, and eminently readable.
Looking on the European art as a whole, Dr. Muther regards England
as the fountain-head of the movement which instituted the line of de-
marcation at which modern art begins, or at least the true demonstrator
of the fact that to nature and not to convention and pure tradition must
the artist go for his inspiration both of subject and treatment. He then
deals broadly with the English school of painters in a way that shows
his mastery of facts and theories, regarding them not with the eyes of a
foreigner, nor quite of an Englishman, but with that cosmopolitanism
and freedom from prejudice of favour which form the chief merit of his
book. . . . We await the completion of the work with interest.’
❧The Westminster Gazette, August 19, 1895.—‘It
is well that we
should have a translation of Professor Muther’s History of Modern
Painting , if only because it is the sole book in existence which professes
to take anything like a historical survey of European art during the last
hundred years. It is not conceivable that any man in existence should
take a balanced and critical view of all the schools of Europe, still less
that he should anticipate permanent judgments on modern art. The
critic who could be absolutely impartial between Diisseldorfers,
Munichers, modern Frenchmen, and Eighteenth-Century Englishmen
is not born, nor likely to be. But Professor Muther travels over the
ground with great conscientiousness, and he provides material which is
indispensable for students of art history. Though his style and method
are unmistakably German, his way of looking at art is in large part not
at all what the detractors of German art would expect from that source.
He is on the side of the forward movement as against the so-called
classicist, for the free and temperamental as against the strict and
mechanical schools. He is not a little touched with the art-for-art’s-
sake theory. . . . The arrangement is exceedingly German-professorial ;
but within it, or in spite of it, Professor Muther manages to give us good
brief biographies when they are to the point, some useful criticism,
and not a few interesting general remarks. The present volume is a
large and handsome one of 600 pages, and contains many “process”
❧The Glasgow Herald, August 29, 1895.—‘This
volume, the first of the
three in which he intends to deal in an exhaustive manner with The
History of Modern Painting, is a powerful and effective witness to the
completeness and thoroughness of the Professor’s equipment as an art
critic and art historian. His knowledge is wide and deep; he has sym-
pathy with many varying phases of art expression; he understands the
causes, the meanings, and the limits of what are called “ movements ” in
art, which are sometimes the result of serious aspiration and effort, and
on the other hand are frequently merely the outcome of vague discon-
tent with, and stammering, half-articulate protest against, the conven-
tions of the day. Professor Muther is evidently a man of learning in
the right sense of the word: catholic in his tastes, broad in his outlook,
accurate in his knowledge, and not afraid to set forth the truth accord-
ing to his convictions. . . . The first volume from its excellence certainly
makes us look forward with pleasant anticipations to the remaining two.
Professor Muther states that his book stands alone among similar books
on modern art, in virtue of its “embracing the history of European
painting in the nineteenth century,” and this statement is amply borne
out by the contents of the volume. Chapter I. of Book I., entitled “The
Eegacy of the Eighteenth Century,” deals with the commencement of
modern art in England, and points out the great part played by Eng-
lish artists in cutting out and preparing the way “ along which the nine-
teenth century should advance in art.” . . . The chapters on classicalism
in France and Germany, on the art of Munich under King Ludwig I.,
and on the Dusseldorfers are especially valuable, and show that the
Professor can take a very fair view of art and its progress within the
borders of his own country. He is singularly impartial in his judg-
ments. He deals so far with the notable “generation of 1830,” as well
as with some of their forerunners, but for his full treatment of this most
interesting part of his subject we must wait for the succeeding volumes.
The text is profusely illustrated with portraits and reproductions of
pictures. These deserve, as a rule, high praise. . . . The book is
handsomely got up.’
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