Royal Academy, third notice
|Topic||Royal Academy, third notice|
|Keywords||RA domestic and general subjects|
|Standards||PRB aesthetic standards|
|Notes||Cheyne Walk Circle|
|↳||Millais, foreign schools..|
75 May 22 Academy
Royal Academy Exhibition, third notice.
Rossetti, William M. "The Royal Academy Exhibition." Academy (May 22, 1875): 159. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.
In the Royal Academy exhibition of 1875, Rossetti reviews "General Subjects" and "Domestic Subjects." First examined and critiqued are works by Alma-Tadema and Hubert von Herkomer, both of which are described in detail to include the subject, scheme and execution, plus the effectiveness, in Rossetti's estimation, of the imagery. Alma-Tadema was a regular among Rossetti's Cheyne Walk associates and, as always, receives praise in the review (Reminiscences 2:323).
Rossetti favors works that also have shown well in continental exhibitions, emphasizing the importance of international recognition and the influence of non-Academy schools in the production of good art.
Charles Leslie is noted almost as a cautionary example of an artist who has been "damaged" by yielding to the popularity and ready market he has experienced of late, turning away from truly and exclusively good art in favor of commercial success.
Rossetti states that he will "run rapidly" through many other exhibit works, starting with John Pettie and including Charles Leslie, plus an extensive analysis of Sir John Everett Millais' work. Rossetti explains the key to Millais's success in emotional expression.
Foreign school painters exhibiting are introduced with commentary supporting their contribution to art which, of course, is a recurring Rossetti theme: non-Academic art is both significant and important.
Standards of Judgment:
Rhetoric and tone:
Rossetti, William Michael. Some Reminiscences of William Michael Rossett.. Vol. 2. New York: Charles Scribner, 1906. Print.