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Houghton Mifflin Company, 1922 - Painters - 263 pages
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Page 15 - ... There was a little girl who had a little curl Right down the middle of her forehead, When she was good, she was very very good, But when she was bad, she was horrid.
Page 248 - Little Jack Horner sat in a corner, Eating a Christmas pie; He put in his thumb and pulled out a plum, And cried, 'What a good boy am I!
Page 151 - A snowy crust covers its surface ; but at every rent and crevice the pale green ice shines clear in the sun. Its shape is that of a glove, lying with the palm downwards, and the fingers crooked and close together. It is a gauntlet of ice, which, centuries ago, Winter, the King of these mountains, threw down in defiance to the Sun ; and year by year the Sun strives in vain to lift it from the ground on the point of his glittering spear.
Page 190 - Villiers le Bel, and so entirely did he become a thing of the past that most lovers of art, if they thought about him at all, thought of him as dead, and wondered why his great painting of Les Romains de la Decadence was not removed to the Louvre, as is the custom with works owned by the state after the artist has been dead ten years. What had the poor man done ? He had written a slight sketch of his life, given an account of his method of painting, and dared to criticise, but perhaps without sufficient...
Page 28 - I was not yet of age, and my father was very much opposed to it, fearing I could not stand the climate, so I reluctantly gave it up. It was certainly one of the lost chances of my life. That was very characteristic of my father; he always thought it wisest not to do a thing. He had none of the adventurous spirit. 'To stay at home is...
Page 179 - As we rattled up its little narrow paved street, amid a salvo from the driver's whip, which echoed aud reechoed from the gray houses on either hand like a very successful Fourth of July celebration, loungers came out from doors; and fresh faces, framed in white caps, peeped at us from upper windows, to give and receive voluble sallies from our bluebloused driver, who was evidently in high favor with his townsfolk. At length we reached the little square in the middle of the village and drew up in...
Page v - Any one who has had the misfortune to be the son of an illustrious parent knows how hard it is to be taken seriously by people
Page 187 - ... ceiling. At the time of the siege of Paris he had written here an appeal to the Prussians to spare his house and pictures, as the home of an artist well known in Europe, and some of whose paintings graced the walls of the galleries of Berlin. I wish I could remember the exact words, they were so naive in their egotism, of which his having preserved them to this day was another touch. This room, which was the principal salon, must have been nearly thirty feet long, and reached from side to side...
Page 200 - ... liked ; whereas in the other case, the flesh hid everything from view, and you did not know how much to take off. Be that as it may, in this case we got very tired of her and her want of beauty, and without any special concert it so happened that one fine morning all the class stayed away, save one faithful mortal. I had taken the day to go up to Paris on necessary business, and the others had similarly found something else to do. Of course the faithful one reported that there was a rod in pickle...
Page 192 - ... it. His great maxim was to make haste slowly. He used to say, " Give three minutes to looking at a thing, and one to painting it." " Make up your mind exactly what ought to be done, and then do it with rapidity and decision, as if it were the easiest thing in the world." " If a thing does not come right at first, do not fuss over it, but go to something else ; and if necessary, come back to it later, when you will often find that it is not so bad, or at least is so unimportant in the general...

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