Modern Masters of Etching: James McBey

Modern Masters of Etching: James McBey

Modern Masters of Etching: James McBey

Modern Masters of Etching: James McBey

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When the genius of James McBey was first revealed in a group of etchings and dry-points exhibited at Goupil's in 1911, there were happily connoisseurs in London more prompt than those North of the Tweed to recognise in the young self- taught Scotsman, not only an authentic etcher, but one whose conception and practice of the art was already in the true tradition of the masters. It was seen--at least in the plates which were the records of visits he had paid to Holland and Spain, after "burning his boats" as a bank-clerk in Aberdeen--that here was a line supple with spontaneity of suggestion, instinct with vitality, selected intuitively as an essential factor in the pictorial conception, while, besides that distinguishing sign of the innate etcher, was an authenticity of vision with expression responsive to sincere artistic emotion and sensibility, which not any evidences of Rembrandt's, Whistler's, or Goya's influence could rob of its intrinsic originality.

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