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THE SUNDAY OKEGOXIAN, PORTLAND, NOVEMBER 5, 1916.
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Raphael Kirchner, Painter of a Remarkable
Series of Symbolical Figures, Says 'That
- Women on This Side of the Atlantic Most
Nearly Approach the Great Greek Ideal
Raphael Kirchner at Work in Hia New York Studio.
BY BARBARA CRAYDON.
SO FAR as I might guess, Raphael
Kirchner would be the last man In
the world to make sin feminine.
Nothing of the kind was In his mind.
I am sure, when he began the series
of panels now nearing completion in
color. And I am not sure that he
would have taken the theory of "seven
deadly sins" too literally In any femi
nine symbols. A man who draws so
beautifully, and who has so flattering
an opinion of womankind, could not
think of anything ugly In such a per
sonification. But beauty must have a theme. Mr.
Kirchner chose the Sins, pretty much,
I fancy, as he might have chosen the'
Seasons. Yet thi3 does not mean that
he has not sought to give vivid and
pointed expression to each suggestion
In this remarkable series, which Is to
ornament a big foyer in New York.
Mr. Kirchner, who studied feminine
beauty in Paris, in Berlin, in Vienna
and in London, came to America with a
reasonable ambition to study American
Raphael Kirchner has an extremely
Interesting personality. He is really an
Englishman, but having lived prac
tically all his life in Paris and Berlin
epeaks little English. His expressions.
America. The shoulders and arms of
women here are not the rounded, ar
tificially developed ones that are fre
quently seen in women of other na
tions. They are developed naturally
through sane exercises and healthy
"The faces of the American women
express keen intelligence. This may be
due to the fact that on the feminine
sex in America much responsibility has
been thrown. Before the days women
had entered the business world, they
accepted, so I understand, the respon
sibilities of the home and family and
made a business of that.
"To a foreigner it is utterly astound
ing to meet women in all the various
walks of life that they are found In
the United States. You go to a maga
zine and find that a woman is the art
editor or to a big corporation and you
deal with a woman. Even the press
rpresentatives in some of the theaters
is a woman. Turn wherever you will
and you will see women holding execu
"It is utterly lmposrlble to have such
a condition as this without its working
a change in the physiognomy of the
set However, this is being done in a
most favorable way, - for American
women have that wonderful knack of
try are a blend of all nations, and so,
in a way, it is not remarkable that
they should hold so many of the good
traits of the different nationalities, and
have discarded the undesirable charac
teristics of their progenitors.
"The American woman is the frank
est with whom I have ever talked. She
will tell you what she thinks, but if
she thinks things that do not agree
v i i u i i ii if i t r m t i :m ii i f i ni- i I
b 7 . M.
Lore of Luxury
camps. France and Spain. In 1780
Combles had 63 houses in Artois and
93 in Pacardy. As for the name of
"Lea Boeufs" (The Oxen), it is not
difficult to guess its bucolic origin.
There was a cattle farm and Monsieur
the Abbe Candelller. the dean of
Combles, makes this edifying explana
tion: The relics of Saint Fursy were
formerly being taken to that place
upon a car drawn by oxen. The ani
mals suddenly stopped. They were
then detached and the car was miracu
lously drawn as far as the Mount of
the Swans, at Peronne, by two children
7 years old.
however, concerning the American
woman are very decided.
"This country." says Mr. Kirchner,
"is. producing today a woman with a
figure more nearly akin to the ancient
Greek type than can be found in any
other part of the world. '
The American Type.
"Not only is the American woman
mentally alert, but her physical activi
ties, golf, riding, tennis and swimming
have given her a muscular development
that is superb. I have never seen such
beautiful shoulders in my life as one
may view at an evening gatherg in
working like men and retaining their
feminine delicacy at the same time. - In
other countries when the woman enters
such fields she is, indeed, an exception
if she does not become hard of feature
and somewhat so of nature.
"The American woman not only has
a figure approaching that of the an
cient Greek type, but she has also a
way of wearing her clothes that is a
combination of the fascinating traits
of the Parisienne and the Viennese,
through all of which she blends that
gentle independence of mind and bear
ing that is decidedly American.
"Of cuuree. tho .women ot tola coun
aim i - m
A Question of Hair
YOU can tell a good deal about a
man from the way his hair stows,
according to a never tiring observer of
the idiosyncrasies of human nature.
In the first pi je, a man who shaves
the back of his neck, this expert de
clares. Is bound to have passed some
portion of his life as a Bronx motor
man. This is true of men who confess to
a 'lifelong habitation in the East. In
the western part of the country this
method of dealing with the back hair
is known to the laity as the "saucer
cut." The "profession" terms it a
shaven outline, for which refinement
of elegance the barber charges a nickel
extra. It is therefore unjust to doubt
the aristocracy of a Western man's"
antecedents Just because the back of
his neck shows a shaven outline.
"There's something wrong with the
chap whose hair grows straight for
ward and has to be combed in bang
style," declared the expert. "He is
bound to be a one-idea man. It will
take years to make him see any side
of a question except his own, and when
he sees the other side he'll go com
pletely over and won't be able to see
the side he once supported.
"Then there's the man whose hair
grows like thick fur. I don't mean
lust thick curls, but more like the fur
of an animal than the hair cf a human
being. I believe that animalistic traits
are likely to predominate In his char
acter. "Poets and writers generally let their
hair grow longer than is common
a men? business men. but their hair Is
with your ideas, even things that may
offend long-cherished traditions of
yours, she utters her thoughts in such
a charming and tactful manner that
you welcome conversation with her.
Even if sho does not persuade you to
change your mind entirely, she is sure
to cause you to modify your ideas to a
very great degree.
"The women of this land carry a
highly moral tone. Wherever they go
they seem to elevate, and that is. I
think, woman's highest mission in life.
"After meeting many hundreds of
American women, I liave come to tha
conclusion that the high average is
one of clear mind, courage and truth.
Is this because American men make
companions, not playthings, of their
women? Is it because husbands make
confidants of their wives? Perhaps
that is the answer, but It matters not
what the reason of it all may be, I have
found combined in the American women
the most beautiful qualities I have
ever seen anywhere in the world."
Combles and Les Boeufs.
. Le Crl de Paris.
In leaving tho town of Combles our
soldiers are leaving the limits of Pl
cardy to enter Artois. The town of
Combles was founded in the 11th cen
tury on the border of the two prov
inces. The name of Combles signifies
a place or summit from which the
rubbish has been taken away. In the
17th century Combles belonged half to
Artois. that is to say. to Spain, and
half to Plcardy. that is to say. to
France. An old saying recalls that
"about 1700, I was cracked between
France and Artois." More recently,
when the children of Combles played
at soldiers, they divided Into two
rarely as thick as that of artists and
musicians. Editors usually lose their
hair early, and belong also to the class
of prematurely gray folks. An inter
esting example of the different effects
upon the hair of the different pursuits
In life may be noticed in a newspaper
office. Almost all the artists employed
on the newspapers have thicker hair
than the writers and editors, and prac
tically without exception men in the
art department keep the color of their
hair better than men of the editorial
."The expression 'low brow, baa
marked out the place of the max.
whose hair grows low on his forehead,
and it Is often difficult to recall mn
of high Intellectual attainments whose
hair grows very low. And yet there
are exceptions to every rule. Mr. Ellhu
Root, by many persons regarded as one
of the intellectual giants of the coun
try, is still blesse'd with hair that
grows so low on his forehead that it
almost resembles a bang." -
The death rate of persons under 43 Is
decreasing: the Oeata rate of those over
45 is increasing