JAN VAN BEERS. Mr Jan Van Beers requests the honour of the Company of Miss Chamberlayne and friend at the Private View on Saturday the 1st May of an Exhibition of his Paintings. 10 till 6 o’clock. The Galleries of The Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street. Single sheet of lavender coloured card with a circular embossed silver vignette.Circa 1890.
The great Jan van Beers 1852-1927 – the hero of almost as many stories as the distinguished Mr. Whistler, – is much the most prominent artist in the Belgian section. The number of his works, their aggressive quality and the cleverness with which they are executed, produce a striking effect on the visitors. Many of these pictures and generally the best of them, as the portraits of Henri Rochefort and the composer, Peter Benoit and the “Summer Evening,” are old and have been many times exhibited before. In the latter, which – like all others – comes from the collection of Mr. Yerkes of Chicago, may be found the best results obtainable from the painter’s peculiar qualities, – his malice, his ingenuity, his close observation and his pessimism. As a bilious little painted satire nothing better has been done than this, – the handsome, park-like enclosure shutting out the world, the richly-dressed, dissatisfied mondain kicking her pink-slippered feet, the decorous waiting carriage and attendants and the cheerful rococo statue fluting away so peacefully though he has lost his unnecessary head.
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