Paintings by John Leslie Breck 1899

Memorial exhibition of paintings by John Leslie Breck, St. Botolph Club, from Monday, May 1 to Thursday, May 18, 1899, inclusive...

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.]OLIA{ LESLIE BRECK ,|y'ri/ to, t86o-.lforc/t il, fi99

I't'is peculiarlv true in the caso of a man of art or of letters that the truest and most abiding recordof his life is hisl-ork'l'he painted carlvass or thc printed page is his mcssage to l orlcl. ir.r l-hich he embocliecl all his aml;ition :rncl effort, all the rvisdom and poctry of his nature' In a singular clegree did the life anrl the llorl< of John Leslie l'lreck move fonvard on the same 1ines, ancl these paintirrgs might lrell be left to tell their orvn tale more eloqucntly than any pen. It is, houever, a satisfaction to knorv somet)ring of the acciclents aucl circumstatrces lhich, lhile not of the sub' stance of a life, havc much to do lith controllitlg it John Leslie lSreck s'as born April ro, 1360, at sea, lvithin -si.qht of the Laclrone Islancl-.. on the clipper ship " l\toonlight," of lhich his father, Captain -Ioseph B. Rreck, honorably rememborecL in the naral serrice of the United States and i:r the East Ildian merch:rut service, \ras master. Of Neir England antececlertts, the home of his chilclhoocl rsas in Neston, llassachusetts, atrcl here lr-as clevelopecl his Iove of nature ancl his ear)1'skill in line and color. At eighLeerr this skill las so malifcst that he \ras sent abroa
threc vears he las :r sln(lent at the -R.o1'al Academy, under Stra:bhofer. IIe then rrorkecl for a year or more in the stuclio of the historical 1;ainter, Char)cs \-erlat, at Autscrp. Returl ing to Amer ica he spent two vears in an
In rEE6 he again sought IJurope, working during the first t\o )'ears at the ]ulian Acacleml', unrler the friendly critieism

of Roulangcr ancl Lef€br-re 'I'he srLmmer mollhs he naturally spent alicld, and became so elamoured of (iirerrr :urcl its associzrtions that he rnoverl from Paris andlivecl thcre frorr l8E7 to r39o. FTere the resuits of his c:rrlier studv tooli clcll nite ancl characteristic form lnspirecl ll' the s'ork and conr' panionship of the great painter, Claucle \lolet. he pailte.l from nltnre lith the satre sympathetic insight ancl lolaltl to his orrn impressious.

)Ionet's lell-ktorm rier, that a man must be a sturlcrt of nature and not of anothcr mar. is so strong that he grr.r l,r one the ilght to call himself his pupil \er ertheless he rii.tjn guishccl Breck b)'aPpreciation ancl errcour agement ancl atorcitcl hirn utrusuel opportunities to pairt \ith hinr in thc heki; After a lear il America, spent in part in Calif.rrria. IIeck passecl the linter of r89r r1: in Lnglancl. rvlrerc in Jie:rt h. paintecl some of his most ch:rrtliuq .an\ f,ssej {ull of thc freshuess ancl rigor of his rrol fonred strie. exhibiring rrith credit at the Nerr Callerr-irr Lonclorr in the erlribition of r

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Since the liuter of I39: his home has bceu iu llo.ton. e,rcept for a fel- months rrheu he hacl a studj,t irr \cl \orli This periocl rras holever ltrokcn br anollrcr journer to L,ntope in 1396, rvhere he painted fot a fers Neek-r in \ enice. bringing bome pictures rvhich short his conrnraud of lrrilliarrt arcl hat monious color.

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artist. To tho.'cc r\ ispeak of hinr \itlr :. . 'I'hey are full of r ou: r . color. of purc ail iilr ! li!lrl ^l) ll,E ril'1,' 'i ancl his eye :rtlcl hi. I bccl of flotlers or a : friencls serc thc r:rit : beauty alike of his ll;. . I{is chartcter, Io :., painting. llis art ri:,absolute thatr his b.li.: : art, ancl he rrotLlcl llr rr t ( ol,,r'slxild ul)olr l,:' ,. au ignoble acL.

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:nrrer morths he naturally :- ure(1 of Ciir-ernl' aDcl its Prris anrflived there frorn ::r: earlier stucly took clefr :::.ci. Ly the work and comt-laucle }Ionet, he pairted :.ric ilsight and loyalt)' to

r mln must be a stuclent of :i) strong that he gires no r: \evertheless he distin-.. ruragement and afforcled -,.::h him in the fiekls. :;r pert in California, Rreck l-:r91and, \yhere ir1 Kent he i::1 canvasses, full of the , fomecl sty1e, exhibiting

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, another journey to Europe '. r eeks iu Velice, bringing :-nalld of lrrilliant :u1d har-

Mr. tsrecli exhibitecl in the Salons of lE8ii ancl lSEg entl also at the Paris Ilxposition of rtE9, $'herc he receivctl art IIonorable IIention. In this countrv his sot'l< ltas frecpetttly secu at the Societv oI Amer ican lrtists, at the Acaclem,t of I)esign, and at other exhibitions. C)n trvo earlier occasions this gallery has been filled tith )Ir. Breck's tork. His lirst exhibitiol, after his retum from Gir ernv in rE9o, was a revela tiorr of sl
It is not easvto speal< of \Ir. llreck as a nlan apart frour au artist. l'o those rrho knetr hirn as a friencl these Paitttings speal< of him rrith an elocluencc bo1'oncl that of tlreir art. '-['hcy are full of l outb ancl jo1, of floods of clelcing iight ard color, of pure air and delight of life He kuerv the p1a1-of liglrt on tLe ripple of a forest brook ancl otr the rtavitrg reetls, an([ his eye a]rd his bmsh held :r11 the mt'ti:rcl colors thxt a Lcci of flolers or a t\\ilight sJrl cau shorr. 'I'hese ard iris frieuds lere thc onl_l real things to hiur. ancl tnacle u1t the )reauty alike of his life ancl his rvork. IJis character, Iolal :rnd joyous, fourrcl expressiorr irr his painting. l{is art rt'as his religion. \o faith coulcl lte more alrsolute than his Lolief iu rvhat he reaal in n:rture as truth ill :rrt, alcl he rvoulcl l1o nrorc quichll' let a false rtote in line or color stalcl tpon his c:ur\ass than he nouitl lerd his liand to arl igrroble act. JIr. Brcck cliccl suclclcnh ou Saturcl:rv, Nlarch rE, 1899, at tlie Sairt Ilorolph Club. iri Roston. His passilg from tlte jolous sarmth of liic to tbe Pe:rce that follows hacl tro liuscrirg sickness, no irlter!elrirtq dusl< of evcning eucl ro gloom of night. 1'he fr:rgratice of his memory carries ot) the joyotsness of his lifc, ancl rhcse paintings full of glaclless :ruci bcartty proloLrg thc :anre happl uote tltat he saug to his frielcls rsholr aurorlg tllem

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