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Anteriratt Art Attitual
JOHN W. BEATTY, Director of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg.
The special article in this volume of the “American Art Annual” is devoted to the life and achievements of Charles Follen McKim as exemplifying the general trend in this country toward giving art its rightful place in the life of the people. He was one of the leaders in erecting simple, dignified and beautiful buildings that might serve as a fitting background for the work of the painter, sculptor and craftsman. It is not only as an architect, however, that we honor Mr. McKim, but as a man who gave freely of his time and his knowledge for the betterment of his country and of his profession. The addresses reprinted here give full praise for his share in the planning of the City of Washington, but it is the founding of the American Academy at Rome that will stand as one of his chief monuments. This school for mural painters, sculptors, musicians and architects, was established chiefly through his efforts, and the bulk of his fortune will go to it, in time. In line with this interest is the scholarship founded by him at the School of Architecture at Columbia University, New York. The tributes tendered to his ability and his character show that we, as a nation, are not insensible to talent, and it is worthy of note that full recognition was given to Mr. McKim during his lifetime. The section of paintings sold at auction includes 2,205 pictures by 918 artists in 40 sales held during the two seasons. Works sold for $50 and over are recorded, whereas formerly the limit was $100. The pictures are classified alphabetically according to artists and special attention is called to the entry of the nationality of each artist and the dates of his birth and death. This list is kept constantly under revision and is therefore more accurate than any encyclopedia. Following the name of the sale is the catalog number, title of the picture, size, buyer (when permitted), and price. Information is furnished regarding 269 new books on art and 39 art magazines published in the United States. A list of newspapers that devote some space to art will be found of service. Paragraphs of the tariff that are of interest to artists, collectors and dealers are reprinted from the Tariff Act of August 5, 1909. There are just 1oo obituaries for the two years ending October 1, 1909. Since that section was closed several artists have died and the date of death has been substituted for the address in the biographical directory. The Directory of Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators, contains 3,415 names and addresses, with biographical notes whenever these were obtainable. It is interesting to note that 714 names appear here which were not in the previous issue and that 405 have been dropped owing to deaths or the fact that they have neither exhibited during the past two years, are not members of art societies, nor have they replied to a request for present address. The Directory of Architects this year is the most complete list of architects of standing ever compiled, containing as it does 2,549 names and addresses of men and women who are members of the American Institute of Architects, its twenty-eight Chapters, and other recognized architectural clubs. The activities of the art societies have lately increased to such an extent that to do them full justice would have made this volume too bulky. It has therefore been deemed wiser to omit them this year and to make the reports of the work accomplished during the past three years by the art museums, societies and schools the chief feature of Volume VIII of the “American Art Annual” and to publish it in the autumn of 1910. Special thanks are tendered to the secretaries of art societies who have aided the editor by furnishing membership lists and other information.
January 15, 1910. F. N. L.