Quotes about the Artist

“Suddenly I felt the tremor that a new work of art, the artistic expression of a new individuality, causes in one. The  signature…  was unknown to me… “Blashki?” I asked myself aloud. “Full of promise, this work!” …

I thought of Stendhal’s definition of art as “a promise of happiness”, and that the landscape in front of me was full of achievement. I think that the artist, with the definite and limited art of the painter, has enclosed in a frame the perfume of a thought, the breath of a song. He has a native tenderness, the instinct of line, familiarity with poets…”

Henri Pene du Bois
Art critic for New York American, 1902

“M. E. Blashki came originally from Australia… His three small landscapes are the deep expression of a somber questioning mind, and in colour they are as rich as gems. There is a quality of heavy velvet in his work that can almost be felt with the hand, and signs of that fertile intimacy with life that will result in some achievement.”

Unknown writer
New York "Town Topics", April 2, 1902

“He has a marked feeling for wood interiors. He loves trees and lovingly delineates them. Without pictorial rhetoric he has expressed a Virgilian calm in the clumps of trees, the unobtrusive vegetation and the immemorial rocks he chooses to depict… He recalls Corot in his feathery leafage and cool skies… His tones are delicate and suggestive…”

James Huneker
Art critic for "The Sun " New York , December 10, 1907

“Mr Evergood expresses his own feeling, particularly with regard to colour. His reaction to blue tones is particularly strong. He is a positive colourist first and a student of line afterwards. For instance, his cows are not distinct placid animals, but soft blurs of brown, red and yellow, with green and blue tones, suggesting trees and sky in a curious flecked effect. Nevertheless, one feels, somehow, the rustic placidity of the scene.”

Unnamed art critic
Brisbane daily paper, February 1932

“There is, for example, a richness of tone in Mr Evergood’s work that is rare in Australian landscape painting… (He) has a deep sense of the chaotic, extravagant quality of nature. His landscapes and flower pieces have been planned with the utmost precision before he has begun to set them down. The execution has been done swiftly, the paint being thickly impasted with the palette knife. The handling is loose and sensitive and there is an orchestral use of colour.”

Gavin Long
Art critic for the Sydney Morning Herald, writing here for "Art in Australia", April 15th, 1933 p.19

“Miles Evergood was an Impressionist in the very real sense of the term… Phillips Fox and Ambrose Patterson were the only true exponents of that theory who preceded him… His colour throughout is opulent and refined. Some passages of rare sensibility and some unexpected colour chords are especially delightful.”

George Bell
Art critic in "The Sun" Melbourne, May 6th, 1940

How could we get to see the adult works of the students of McCubbin and Hall all together? That would be a fascinating significant exhibition.  Many of them had professional success. Some remained overseas. How could we see their works here?

I am thinking of Victor Cobb and Leon Pole, maybe Ambrose Patterson the printmaker. This beautiful bio of Evergood has surely awakened some creative thoughts of his times and contemporaries.

All of Evergood’s NGV school mates together?
W. A. B. McK, art lover