Date 1875-05-29
Publication Academy
Topic Society of French Artists, second notice
AP display
RA display
Subject art
Keywords exhibition
  ↳ analysis
  ↳ critique
  ↳ commentary
Standards PRB aesthetic standards
  ↳ merit
Notes Tadema reference x 3 members Cheyne Walk circle.

Annotation details

75 May 29 Academy


Society of French Artists.


Rossetti, William M. "The Society of French Artists." Academy (May 29, 1875): 160. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.


This review is typical of Rossetti's more favorable consideration of non-Academy art, with a distinct appreciation for artwork produced by non-Academicians mostly aligned with Pre-Raphaelite movement principles. Also, several Cheyne Walk associates are considered favorably

Rossetti mentions his previous commentary on the successful paintings of Alphonse Legros, a frequent visitor to Cheyne Walk, then offers commentary about the superior works of Fortuny and Munkscsy (Reminiscences 2:322). The latter, Rossetti states, paints in the "ugly style" of forceful, truthful, and artistic, yet brutal painting.

After discussing Leys, he mentions several landscapes from Mr. Alma-Tadema, his wife, and his sister-in-law, all favorably, both being listed among Rossetti's circle of Cheyne Walk associates (Reminiscences 2:323).




Society of French Artists; Alphonse Legros, Alma-Tadema

Standards of Judgment:

Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic standards

Rhetoric and tone:



Alphonse Legros, Fortuny, Leys, Munkscsy, Alma-Tadema

Works Cited

Rossetti, William Michael. Some Reminiscences of William Michael Rossetti. Vol. 2. New York: Charles Scribner, 1906. Print.