—The second volume of the Yellow Book
has more amusing illustrations by the
British artists who are trying to outdo
Rops, Jossot, Iwels, and other Parisian
fantastics. Mr. Wilson Steer has a female
model putting on her stockings, and the
picture is called “Portrait of Himself.”
After gazing some time at this picture, the
lower half of a man is discovered in the
background. The frontispiece is called “Re-
naissance of Venus” by Walter Crane, a
picture in the style of Puvis de Chavannes,
so far as composition and line are con-
cerned, but in nowise especially Venus or
Renaissance. It is a large nude woman
standing in shoal water, who appears to be
wringing out her hair. The only attribute of
Venus is a flight of doves behind her.
A. S. Hartrick has a realistic, but rather An-
archistic-looking, “Lamplighter,” and that
jocose illustrator Aubrey Beardsley has
three excruciatingly funny pictures in
broad messes of black and white, that re-
semble caricatures of grotesque drawings
of three or four centuries ago. A peculiar-
ity of these extravaganzas is open mouths,
high cheekbones, and extremities even
smaller in proportion to bodies that the
figures of Jaques Callot. There is an excel-
lent profile portrait of Mr. Henry James,
after the drawing by John S. Sargent.


 MLA citation:
 "Current News of the Fine Arts." Rev. of The Yellow Book 2. New York Times 12 Aug. 1894: 19. The Yellow Nineties Online. Ed. Dennis Denisoff and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra. Ryerson University, 2010. Web. [Date of access].