||THE FALCONER - We have before us a
reproduction, in white and black, of the work of Eugene Fromentin,
one of the greatest geniuses of the world, whoses pictures and books
are the priceless possessions of the wealthy and the scholarly. The
splendid picture of "The Falconer" was lent to the Fair by D. W.
Powers, of Rochester, N. Y., and was hung in the United States
collection on the west wall of Gallery 42, in the northeast corner of
the east annex of the Art Palace. P. A.
B. Widener, of Philadelphia, also lent the magnificent Fromentin,
"The Audience with a Caliph." These pictures show that the painter
and writer of LaRochelle knew Arab life and Algerian manners from
personal observation, and portrayed them with rare genius. Here the
excitement of the chase and the spirit of the riders of the desert
are depicted with such a hand as strikes the canvas only for the
delight and astonishment of mankind. Fromentin died in 1876. He
wrote a dozen books.|
THE EMPTY SADDLE - This picture was remarkable for the
brilliancy of its colors, but at the same time it conveyed a tale of
sorrow. It was painted by S. E. Waller, of London, and was first on
the catalogue of Great Britain's oil paintings. It hung in Gallery
12, which may be described in the surveyor's phrase as in the
northwest quarter of the southeast quarter of the main Art Palace.
The riderless horse returns from battle; the lady faints.