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THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: MAY 13, 1917.
WASTRELS ARE NEAR
Men Who Buy Food Which
They Do Not Need Are Not
Helping Country in
A W nivk frw hhn Bougereau's Work Critically Considered
Jlt tit KJ 1 1 Ml til Rodin. Gilder and Others in Point- : :
By A. R. GROH.
An open letter to the young gara
bo, wearing glasses and a misplaced
eyebrow mustache, seen finishing his
lunch in a local restaurant:
Dear Gazabo I am the man, who
gave you that terrible took as 1
passed your table in going out of the
restaurant You may have noted the
contemptuous glance that I gave with
a condemnatory eye at the dishes
ranged around your plate. Ynu may
have wondered what was "biting'
I will tell yo I. My condemnatory
glance was dirested upon you because
tlte dishes ranged around your plate
branded you us a wastrel. And wa
strels, particularly food wastrels, are
near-traitors in these times.
You knew that there is a shortage
in food. You knew that the word has
gone out to everybody to produce $
much food as possible and to wa:.i
as little as possible.
. - Should Be Ashamed.
You knew this. Why, then, were
you ot ashamed to sit there with all
that exhibit of wasted food around
youf There was a big beefsteak th; t
you bad fooled around with. Less than
one-third of it was consumed. There
was a dish of new potatoes in cream
that you had mussed up soinswhit
and the sliced tomatoes that you had
barelv touched and the asparagus that
you had nibbled at and the pie tha;
you had only half consumed and the
:up of coffee half wasted.
Now, I don't want to "bawl you
jut" too severely. Perhaps you were
jnly thoughtless. Probably you were
jnly thoughtless. You woulojit d
jberately waste the food supply of
rour country, would you?
You say you can pay for it, and it
loesn't matter whether you eat it or
i t. A very shallow argument. It does
natter just as much as if you hadn t
i cent. The fact that you can pay for
ood doesn't give you a right to waste
t. Imagine the food of the world
ahausted, what good would all the
noney in the world be? It would be
powerless to t-store the food. Think
;t over, my friend. .
- May Save the Steak.
There is one redeemable thought.
So doubt that one-third consumed
teefsteak will be cleaned and reno
ated and come out on a clean plat
i ter to some other customer. So, it
on't be wasted And the creamed po
'atoes can do duty again. And the
Vnuloes and asparag s will fit into a
ew or soup. And even the damaged
ie may find its way into a bread pud
ling. For such, I understand, is the
a-av of restaurants. And while I
never like to think of it when eating
Sash at a hash palace, I rejoice at it
n these scarce-food times.
The point 1 want to make is that if
ou waste as much at home as you
lo in the restaurant, and if alt you
Ion t eat at home goes into the gar
bage pail, is is a serious thing. Espe
:ially serious is it if there are a few
million thoughtlesi people like your
' self in this country.
Turn over a new leaf, my friend,
7011 and all other food wasters. Make
up your mind to waste no food, at
least not during the war. I'll look next
time I pass your table. Don't let me
see any wasted food or 1 may forget
myself and land on you.
St. Jpseph Man Now Vice
; ; President Omaha National
Walter W. Head, cashier of the
German-A.iiericaii National bank of
St. Joseph, Mo., will come to Omaha
July 1 to Uke; the place of the late
W. H. Bu:iolz as a vice president of
the Omaha National bank.
. , All the old members of the staff re
main and there is one, new one, Ed
ward Neal. who has been in the col
lection department of the Omaha Na
tional ban for twelve years and is
. promoted to be an assistant cashier.
Frank Boyd, who was cashier, is to
be a vice president, and Eire MiHard.
who was an assistant cashier, is to be
, The complete staff of the bank now
will be as follows: J. H. Millard.
, president; Ward M. Burgess, vice
president; Walter W. Head, vice presi-,
dent; B. A. Wilcox, vice president;
Frank Boyd, vice president; Ezra
Millard, . cashier; Otis . Alvison, as
listant cashier; John Changstrom, as
sistant cashier; Edward Neale, as
sistant cashier. ? . . ' .,
City Sells $1,000 Worth'" '
A:-.! Of Seed Potatoes at Cost
'i The Week's sales of the'muniripal
, garden seed department amounted to
f LOW. most of the amount beinsr re
ceived for sales of seed potatoes. This
feature of the city's gardening project
will be resumed on Monday morning.
Director Fleharty assigned many
lots and tracts to persons who will
cultivate ' them. . More lots ' are
wanted. - -
"I am pleased with the work which
has been accomplished toward inter
esting the people in cultivating the
vacant land of the city. It will mean
much next fait. I am told there is
yet time to plant many kinds of seeds
and it is my desire that every vacant
piece of laud shall be used this
season, said Mayor Uatiiman,
Hulda Carlson Missing
Since Last Tuesday
Hulda Carlson, aged 23 years, has
Deen missing since i hursday.
- Miss Carlson left the Scandinavian
, Young Women s Christian associa
tion home the forenoon of Mav 10.
In a handbag she took clothes with
She was recently discharged from
, a hospital, where she went to be
treated tor neurotic ailment.
Miss Carlson was formerly a house
maid in the home of Horace F. Orr.
125 South Thirty-eighth street. She
has blue eyes, light hair and a clear
' complexion. She wore a blue and
wnite wasn dress. .
' Seven Youths Vindicated
- . - Of Assault on Policeman
Seven young men. ehareed with
assaulting Patrolman Thomas O'Con
i nor near the, municipal Auditorium
on tne nignt ot April 30. were dis
Charged in police court Saturday.
; The defendants were Frank Comp-
ion, Joe, Arthu.- and 61ynn Clark,
irtorge Anderson, fc. M. Wireman
and Wvlie Comoton. .
' "Insufficient evidence to establish
guilt," ruled the court.
Manatiick. West Dodge, Omaha,
May 10, 1917. To the Editor of The
Bee: 1 received a shock a few days
ago when I saw a painting, by the
Frenchman, Bougereau, which I un
derstand the art . society here is con
templating buying for $30,000.'As one
who loves art and the cause of art
very deeply I feel I must pro.trst
against this purchase, and as one who
has studied art for many years in the,
east and abroad, I feel that I have
some right to make a protest.
I consider Bougereau's work of the
very lowest order, entirely lacking in
all that makes art great and full of
defects and meanings which cannot
fail to have a pernicious and degrad
ing effect on any community. Many
people who have a smattering of art
knowledge and who think they know
a great deal because thry are not
shocked by the nude in art and who
are a shade better informed than
those who think all nude work is
wicked, also know so little that they
think any picture of the nude is great
for no other reason than that it is
nude. This is Bougereau's appeal.
Technically, this picture is entirely
lacking. There are no bone in it,
no anatomy; there is no foreshort
ening where it is needed, the leg is a
bow from the thigh to the knee and
there is no knee, and it is all badly
drawn. Although she is supposed to
be standing in a pool of water, she
is standing on the surface as though
it were ice.' The background comes
in front of the figure and both are
in front of the frame. And in a more
spiritual sense what does it stand
for? Nothing. She is simply1 inane.
expressing nothing. There is none of
the wonderful feeling of reality of the
nudes of Rubens, where you feel that
every bone, every organ of the body
is in place ana wonting periecny, in
which you feel the grandeur of the
human hodv as a dwelling place for
the mind and the soul. Nor of Michel
Ansreln. whose neoDle are too won
derful to need clothes; or of Rodin,
whose nudes teach us that he who
is perfectly sincere can never be vul
gar. Here we have a woman who is
not nude, but naked. The nudes of
the great masters are uplifting, en
nobling. This is vulgar, ugly and im
moral to him who can read.
But It is not necessary to take mv
word for authority. I studied with
the late William M. Chase in New
York, and for over three years I
heard him give long talks on art and
criticism every week. Mr. Chase was
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ior iweniy-nve yeara consiacrcu inc
glCOlCSL Sib ICNVMCI 1,1 UK. will, 11 J.
and undoubtedly was the greatest of
the older men. I know that he con
sidered Bougereau the exponent of
the lowest form of art in existence.
Many a time have I known him to
look at a student's canvas a moment,
explode with the one word, "Bou
gereau!" and go on to the next. To
anyone why' understands his opinions
an hour s talk would not nave said
more. His artistic hatreds came un
der the head of Bougereau, Henner
and their kind, the kaiser, Ruskin. I
have heard him tfil of a familv who
were friends of his who sent him
word to come and see their wonderful
new Bousereau. for vdiich tliev had
paid a big turn. He went and he told
them what he thought ot it. they
were politely unbelieving and angry.
The picture was placed where the
family could see it oftenest. This
family could afford to have and did
have a very fine Rembrandt which
hung where strangers could see it and
he impress; ! by the name, but where
the family did not see it often. Mr.
Chase prevailed on them to hang the
two side byVde nearest the family
living place, where they would see
them'constantly. and asked them to
study them equally. He wenl abroad
and did no: see them for two years.
At the end of that time he called upon
them. Th Rembrandt hung in the
place of . honor, but the other was
not to be seen. He a'sked what had
become of it. They told him that it
was in the attic, as they had grown to
love the kembrandt, so they could
not see enough of it, and to hate the
Bougereau so they could not bear to
see it. He asked them why they, did
not sell it, as they could get a targe
price for it. They replied that they
ould not let an .. influence - so per
verted go out of their house, that thev
would rattScr burn it up and lose the
I also studied a great deal with Mr.
Kenneth Hayes-Miller, who is consid
ered by serious students in New-York
the best teacher there, which means
the best in the world, as New York
is now the art center, of the world.
; know thft he thinks no more of
Rogrreau than Mr. Chase did. I also
know that Robert Henri, F. Luis
Mora and u.any others of the leading
artists of New York have only con
tempt for that style of art.
, Great art brings a moral uplift to
the people of any community. If this
picture is hung in a public gallery in
Omaha it will not teach the people
anything of art or of anything else.
If they would take a small part of
$.10,000, say $5,000 or even $1,000, and
buv good photographs, if possible in
color, of the great pictures which
have stood the test of centuries and
modern pictures which are great by
the same standards and put them in
public places and make them 'inter
esting and explain them, they would
be doing far more to educate the pub
lic. And that is the true aim of every
art gallery. The people of Omaha
can learn to appreciate good art, for.
appreciation can be taught. But they
will never learn so long as they are
given art like the impossible portrait
of Fontenelle, the cast iron waves we
often see here and the things in vio
lent motion, hut entirely lacking in
action which they are so fond of exhi
biting here, while beautiful things like
the landscapes of Mr. Gilder, who is
one of our great American landscape
painters, go begging for a paltry sum.
The peiple will never learn while they
are given the pictures they vote for.
Omaha needs art missionaries. The
public should be given pictures se
lected by tho'se who know fat more
about art then they do and be taught
to love good art., Any leader must
know his subject and know what he
is going to teach before he can teach
anything. Does the missionary take
a vote of the heathen to find out
which religion he will teach them?
Does the school teacher ask his pupils
what he shall teac( them? I defy
anyone to study a good and a. bad
picture and not learn to love the good
and despise the bad one. It is only
by seeing the good that the people
will learn to care for great art. This
is shown by the fact that in New
York, where great art is shown, the
crowds can hardly be accommodated.
That Omaha needs art missionaries
is shown by any observer at the
Franco-Belgian exhibition at the
Auditorium. The four Rodins, which
are the only real art there, ate. passed
by. And people do not even glance
at the wonderful Victory, although
every true lover of art will bow to
her no matter how often he sees her
nor how poor the reproduction: If
Omaha could have one of those Rod
ins it would mean more than every
work of art that has ever been here.
That marvelous thing, "Severed Head
of John the Baptist, could not live
long beside the Bougereau without
driving the tatter to the junk pile.
In the first place, it is so abso
lutely dead. The wonderful expres
sion of the mouth! We know it is
dead, that it is severed from the body
and that it met a violent death. We
alio know that it has been dead some
time at least more than twenty-four
hours; also that it has gone through
many adventures since it left the
body. As Shakespeare gave us not
only the plots of his plays, but the
whole background of the life of the
world at that time, so Rodin has ex
pressed in this head the life of Bible
times. We can almost-see the crowd,
the cruelty of that time, the soldiers
in formation with helmets and spears,
and here and there a sneer. We
know that thi ' man died without
solace and peace at the end. And
how wonderfully Rodin has gotten
those two things most difficult for an
artist to get, especially a sculptor, and
especially in bronze color and tex
ture. This hair must be dark brown.
We feel the color of the skin. And
how wonderfully we feel that the skin
is skin and that the hair is fluffy. And
how we feel the bony structure of the
head. It is all there just as it should
be. This head must have laid there
awhile tnd been thrown there by vio
lent hands. We know that this man
could not have lived in this day. He
shows on his face the age in which
he lived and the development, intel
lectual and moral, of that time. We
can see and feel all these things in it
even if we had never heard the story.
No sculptor or painter of any age has
ever reached higher art than this.
But, some people would say. this
would not be a fit subject to give the
public, especially children. Perhaps
' so. One of the most difficult things
in art to be learned is that the subject
has nothing whatever to do with it.
One of the most beautiful pictures I
ever saw was a Rubens in Brussels, in
which somebody cuts out the tongue
of a martyr and feeds it to a dog.
Revolting subject, but a beautiful pic
ture. Yet I have seen many pictures
of undeniably beautiful women which
were hideous as pictures. For myself,
I do not, care what the subject of a
work of art 80 long as it is great
But the other three Rodins' are
equally gr;at in their way.' And there
are many things of pleasing subjects
equally great. Can anyone see any
of these great things in any of the
pictures at the Auditorium or in the
Bougereau? I confess I cannot, and
I would be grateful .to anyone who
would show me them.
Omaha is unusually . backward in
art, even smaller cities, such as Des
Moines, being ahead of it But it is a
hopeful sign that there is interest in
art. To quote Mr. Chase again. He
used to tell us to admire something
immensely, no matter how bad it was,
even if it was that awful thing, "Na
poleon Crossing the Alps," in the
Metropolitan museum. So long as
we admired something, we would go
on liking better and better things, and
finally get somewhere some time,
while he who admired nothing would
never get anywhere. So if Omaha
admires something, even a Bougereau,
it means the beginning of better
things. Even if it isn't on the ladder
of art or art appreciation, if it is just
on the ground under that ladder and
looking up, that is something to be
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