Second Appendix to Catalogue of the Verestchagin Exhibition: Realism

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Page 7 - But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do : for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Page 7 - But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret ; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Page 5 - I go further, and assert that in cases where there exists but a bare representation of a fact or of an event without idea, without generalization, there can possibly be found some qualities of realistic execution, but of realism there would be none : of that intelligent realism, I mean, which is built on observation and on facts— in opposition to idealism, which is founded on impressions and affirmations, established a priori.
Page 6 - These paintings are the work of a Russian, Verestchagin, a painter equal to any of his contemporaries in artistic ability, and beyond any painter who ever lived in the grandeur of his moral aims and the application of his lessons to the consciences of all who take the least pains to understand him. . . . " I will only say that he who misses seeing these paintings will miss the best opportunity he may ever have of understanding the age in which...
Page 12 - Emperor prancing on a fiery steed, in times of danger, in the very thick of the fight. I have represented the bandaging and the transporting of the wounded exactly as I have seen it done and have felt it in my own person when wounded, bandaged and transported in the most primitive manner. And yet, that again has been declared to be a gross exaggeration, a calumny. I observed during, .several days- how prisoners were slowly freezing to death on a road extending over ^thirty miles.- I -called the attention...
Page 11 - ... deliber1 Verestchagin has described his own attitude thus: — "A good deal has been written about my works: many were the reproaches brought against my paintings, those treating of religious subjects as well as of military. And yet they were, all of them, painted without any preconceived idea, — were painted only because their subjects interested me. The moral in each case appeared afterwards, coming up of its own account, from the very truthfulness of impressions.
Page 29 - ... says] the day comes when the priests will entirely lose their hold upon the people, when the soldiers will turn their guns muzzle down — where will society look for bulwarks then? Is it possible that it has no more reliable defense? Certainly it has such a defense; and it is nothing else but talents and their representatives in science, literature, and art in all its ramifications. Art must and will defend society. Its influence on the minds, the hearts, and the actions of the people is enormous,...

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