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JOHN WHITE ALEXANDER
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JOHN WHITE ALEXANDER
ARTIST AND CITIZEN
N May 31st there died, in the sixtieth year of his age, John White Alexander, painter. Painter primarily, and to most of the great public probably only that. But he was more, his field was broader. Or to put it in another way, his love of art and his conception of its principles were not limited to expression on canvas. It entered into the life about him, the life of his city, his country, his people, in various directions.
As a painter, Mr. Alexander was best known by portraits and figure pieces of a strongly decorative quality. This characteristic is so salient that it may dominate even the portrait. As feminine costume lends itself best to such treatment, it predominates in his pictures (“Autumn," "The Rose," "Quiet Hour," "The Ring," etc.). The subtlety and charm of his work is indicated by some of the phrases which various critics have employed to characterize it: "Mastery of line, spontaneous ease and fluency, sense of proportion, splendid breadth and largeness of effect," "rhythm and flexibility of the human figure," "modulated harmonies," "ingenious pattern," "subtle scale of tones" (Huneker), “difficult problems in values," "delicacy and refinement," "effective patterns made by the simplest means with almost incredible eliminations" (E. L. Cary).