From the Saturday Review: Rev. of The Evergreen, Vol. 2
THE autumn “Evergreen” (“a Northern Seasonal”) is not
striking where it is peculiarly Scotch or peculiarly seasonable.
The philosophy is high-toned but unreadable and a little
sloppy, the verse is very very middling, and the Scotch painters
are not at their best without colour. Could not the editor send
some of them over to Paris to learn from Steinlen and Sgap
the secrets of colour-printing? We should not expect work like
Steinlen’s, but Glasgow might go in successfully for coloured
drawings. The best picture in this volume is Mr. Charles
Mackie’s “Hide and Seek,” which is dramatic and amusing.
There are two pieces of writing which are worth reading. One
a translation of the “Flaireurs” of Charles Van Lerberghe,
“this new and strange, this apparently crude but artistically
wrought presentment of the brutality of the commonplace
death” (the words are Maeterlinck’s, quoted by Mr. William
Sharp in his note); the other is Fiona Macleod‘s, telling of the
marvellous legend which makes a Gaelic girl the foster-mother
of Christ for one night.
Evergreen: A Northern Seasonal, vol.2, Autumn 1895, The Saturday Review, November 1895, p. 736. Yellow Nineties 2.0, edited by Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, Ryerson University Centre for Digital Humanities, 2019. https://1890s.ca/EG2_Review_The_Saturday_Review_Nov_1895/