WMR visits La Maison Leys, Antwerp
|Topic||WMR visits La Maison Leys, Antwerp|
|Keywords||Baron Ley's home|
|Standards||Tour of Maison Leys|
75 July 10 Academy
tour of La Maison Leys.
Rossetti, William M. "La Maison Leys." Academy (July 10, 1874): 47. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.
This peripatetic tour of Baron Leys' home touches on the artwork there, the architecture, the design, the furnishings and, to a minor extent, historical points of the painter's life there. There is a physicality of description that includes even the weather as it changed the mood and lighting of the artwork, and the very act of approach, reception and escort by the Baronne unfolds in a mode uncharacteristically narrative for a Rossetti article.
The essay concludes with a more historical rather than physical appraisal of the experience, relating facts about Leys' life and philosophy as those components converged in Leys' life, work, and residence. Rossetti relates Leys' philosophy for young artists regarding exposure to various styles.
It is interesting to note that this trip is not mentioned in the "Foreign Trips" chapter of Rossetti's memoir.
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