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A Lady, (painting)

Shaw, S. W.
Exhibition Catalogs
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
All these portraits are remarkable for their truthfulness to nature. Mr. Shaw paints flesh, as flesh should be--warm and springy. This is remarkably the case in one of his pictures of a lady, on exhibition. Generous, warm blood seems to lie under that soft skin; and so subtly are the tints managed that the entire unity of life reposes in the figure. As in looking at the best Greek statues, we feel that the anatomy is perfect, but we do not think of it. We venture to assert that very few artists excel him in painting hair. It may be hypercritical, but among the half-dozen portraits exhibited by Mr. Shaw, there is too much of the same tone as regards backgrounds and general effects. They all show, in this respect, more mechanical skill than the true genius of the artist who gives variety to his works. [Pp. 208-209; entries 02620032, 02620033, 02620034, and 02620035 were exhibited together as: "Seven portraits in oil on canvas, drawn from life."]
Transactions of the State Agricultural Society.
Artist address: San Francisco, California.
Portrait female
Control number:
AECI 02620035
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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