‘Such Friends’ 100 Years Ago, February 1911

In Ireland

George Moore is turning 59. And once more he is disgusted with his home country.

He has been working on his three-volume memoir, Hail & Farewell, and is non-plussed that his friends in the Abbey Theatre are so angry that he wrote the truth about their conversations and relationships. After all the support he gave their little theatre project in its early years!

There is the possibility of an American tour, but Moore is thinking he should just move back to London and be done with his Irish roots. Last year, he gave up holding his Saturday night salons, although his friend from the Abbey, ‘AE’ [George Russell, 43] has said how much he misses them.

But when Moore’s brother Augustus died last year, the Irish Times obituary referred to the Moores as ‘an old Roman Catholic family,’ and George had to threaten to sue for libel. Catholic, ha! The entire family was Protestant for centuries until they took that misguided trip to the Alicante.

The hell with all the Irish. Moore will continue his writing and art criticism career in Chelsea, London.

In England

The first Post-Impressionist Exhibit, officially known as ‘Monet and the Post-Impressionists’ as mounted by critic Roger Fry, 44, has closed. But the buzz continues.

American art collector John Quinn, 41, writes to his friend, painter Augustus John, 33,

All the artists here are grumbling. The dealers seem to be over-stocked and the two or three dealers who are interested in modern work don’t seem to make much of a go of it and some of the poor devils are hard up. I wish the Post-Impressionist pictures were brought over here but I suppose that Durand-Ruel and fellows of that sort who are interested in cashing in on the Impressionists would ‘knock’ the Posts.

and again a few days later:

As to getting two or three specimens each of Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Cezanne, I have thought that I should do this sometime…Picasso’s things, which you wrote that you admired very much, are in a different class.

Quinn resolves that he will add those three to his ever-growing collection.

In France

Henri Matisse, 41, is thinking of closing up his art school in Paris.

Successful for the past four years, the Académie Matisse has been helped out by his many friends, including American collector and art student Sarah Stein, now 40.

Sarah’s brother- and sister-in-law, Leo, 38, and Gertrude Stein, just turning 37, have been incredible supporters of his work. They introduced him to the young Pablo Picasso, 29, through their salons at 27 rue de Fleurus.

But now it is time to move on. He has had enough of teaching. Back to painting…

In America

Alfred Stieglitz, 47, is getting ready for next month’s showing at his ‘291’ gallery at 291 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan. Fresh from the major exhibit of contemporary photography that he had just organized in Buffalo, Stieglitz is now planning a year full of shows of European artists new to Americans.

Stieglitz has been holding ‘round table’ salons at Mouquin’s Restaurant at 28th Street and 6th Avenue with his young friends, fellow artists Max Weber, 29, Marsden Hartley, 34, and Arthur Dove, 30. They are keen on all the new art that is coming out of Paris. But will his American clientele accept next month’s first showing of works by young Picasso?

Emmanuel Radnitzky, 20, had visited the independent artists exhibition at ‘291’ last year, and is looking forward to seeing the Picasso exhibit this spring. Man has been working on an abstract collage made from scraps of material, Tapestry. He is thinking of signing it ‘MR,’ initials of the new name he’s chosen, Man Ray.

If you are interested in any of the above artists and/or their supporters, check out my upcoming presentation, ‘Such Friends’: Supporters of the Arts, Then and Now, at the Birmingham [UK] & Midland Institute on 12th March. Details via the link under ‘Such Friends presentations’ at the top of the column to your right. For more information, e-mail me at kaydee@gypsyteacher.com. I’d love to meet you there!


2 thoughts on “‘Such Friends’ 100 Years Ago, February 1911

  1. Thanks Kathleen!
    I was especially interested in the piece on Stieglitz as I have always been fascinated by photography from this period.
    Looking forward to the Dorothy Parker Valentine Day!
    I’ve also booked a place on the March 12 event.
    See you next Monday.
    All good wishes,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s