The Camden Town Group and Others.
“What is wanted is an aim,” once said the great painter of “Love and Death” and “Hope.” Watts’s words kept ringing in my ears as I walked round the pleasant little gallery of Messrs. Carfax and Co., where the Camden Town group of artists are now holding their third annual exhibition. The exhibition is better than the previous ones. Several of the more incompetent members do not exhibit this year, and at least one notable accession to the group has been made by the enrolment of Mr. Walter Bayes. What on earth he is doing or proposes to do in such a gallery is no doubt only his affair, but at least he has serious and definite aims as a painter. The aims of the others are certainly less definite. Some of them are clearly attracted by the doctrines of Post-Impressionism, that heaven-sent gospel to the harassed art-students of the twentieth century, which, as they proudly boast, enables men of little or no talent to produce pictures with very little trouble. I can find little to recommend them in the landscapes of Mr. J. B. Manson, Mr. Stephen [sic] Gore, and Mr. C. Ginner. They are hurried and rather clumsy studies from Nature, but it is difficult to discover why they have been done, except that Cezanne [sic] and Van Gogh have been praised for doing similar things.