THE APPEAL OF "The Hopeful Travellers", the play at Bolton Little Theatre this week, is so much to the eye that perhaps it is the designer who should be regarded as the star of the first magnitude in any successful presentation, and perhaps the staffs of workshop and wardrobe, giving substance to the design, should have priority of acknowledgements over the players. Francoise Taylor's designs of sets and costumes for "The Hopeful Travellers", carried out with the Little Theatre's known degree of fidelity, have been much admired.
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TO SEE BOLTON through the eyes of someone who has come to live here comparatively recently is to be made keenly aware of many things we have long ceased to observe with any deliberate scruntiny – to see them, too, in a way that makes the scene strange and recognizable at the same time.
Bolton is the subject of many of the pictures by Francoise Taylor that are now on view at Bolton School (Boys' Division). Their beauty is the beauty of design and colour, seldom that of theme, although there is pathos in the wraith-like figures discerned in the encircling industrial gloom, figures presented sometimes with disregard for the perspective, but with powerful symbolism.
BOLTON SCHOOL, owing to a gap in its schedule of outside exhibitions from the Rutherston Collection and elsewhere, is this week showing a very interesting group of drawings and engravings by a local artist, Francoise Taylor. She is by birth a Belgian – a few of the pictures are signed with her maiden name of Wauters – trained at the Brussels Academy and the Ecole de la Cambre (the applied art school there), where she got the rather rare degree of Maîtrise, or Mastership, in book illustration. A well-equiped artist, in other words, as one can immediately see from her command of her different techniques – etching, drypoint, lithography, wood-engraving, monotype – or from the accurate drawing that somehow pins down her fleeting, nervous pen and ink sketches. The real interest of the show lies in the application of this skill, and this particularly continental sensitivity, to the Bolton Scene.
NOUS AVONS DIT ici même, combien ingrat est le métier d'illustrateur. A quelle discipline ne doit pas, en effet, se soumetre l'artiste qui, en dehors de son métier propre, doit parvenir à plier sa personalité au point de se confondre avec l'auteur, dont il entend illustrer les textes ou redommencer le récit par l'image.
Bien plus, pour faire de bonnes illustrations, il ne suffit pas comme s'en contentent trop souvent certains illustrateurs, de rendre par un dessin un passage determiné d'une oeuvre littéraire. Il faut que ce seul dessin rende à la fois toute l'atmosphere du livre et tout le tempérament de l'écrivain.
LES AMATEURS d'eaux fortes et de lithographies visiteront avec intérêt l'exposition qui vient de s'ouvrir à la Petite Galerie sous les auspices de l'Oeuvre des Artistes, 92 Boulevard de la Sauvenière (ancienne "Estampe").
Ils y trouveront rassemblées les dernières oeuvres de Mme Françoise Wauters, artiste Bruxelloise d'un réel talent que nous n'avions pas jusqu'à présent le plaisir de connaitre.