The Essentials of Composition as Applied to Art

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Macmillan Company, 1913 - Agriculture - 273 pages

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Page 19 - And only the Master shall praise us. and only the Master shall blame: And no one shall work for money. and no one shall work for fame. But each for the joy of the working. and each. in his separate star. Shall draw the Thing as he sees It for the God of Things as They Are!
Page 26 - Joseph) — are comprehensible only to people of their own circle. That Joseph's brethren, being jealous of his father's affection, sell him to the merchants; that Potiphar's wife wishes to tempt the youth; that having attained the highest station he takes pity on his brothers, including Benjamin the favourite, — these and all the rest are feelings accessible alike to a Russian peasant, a Chinese, an African, a child or an old man, educated or uneducated; and it is all written with such restraint,...
Page 27 - Come to me," and so on, because the subjectmatter of feelings in this novel is so strong that all details, except the most essential, — such as that Joseph went out into another room to weep, — are superfluous, and would only hinder the transmission of feelings. And therefore this novel is accessible to all men, touches people of all nations and classes, young and old, and has lasted to our times, and will yet last for thousands of years to come. But strip the best novels of our times of their...
Page 27 - And therefore, the ideal of excellence in the future will not be the exclusiveness of feeling, accessible only to some, but, on the contrary, its universality. And not bulkiness, obscurity, and complexity of form, as is now esteemed, but, on the contrary, brevity, clearness, and simplicity of expression,.
Page 26 - ... and place. And this abundance of detail makes the stories difficult of comprehension to all people not living within reach of the conditions described by the author. The author of the novel of Joseph did not need to describe in detail, as would be done nowadays, the blood-stained coat of Joseph, the dwelling and dress of Jacob, the pose and attire of Potiphar's wife, and how, adjusting the bracelet on her left arm, she said,
Page 29 - In a composition, say, of a picture, or of the facade of a building, if there is a medley of lines all running in different directions, the eye in following them is distracted and worried ; it seeks to find a way through the maze, but is continually balked and turned aside. The same is the case if the lines all seem to lead away out of the composition in different directions; the eye then parts from the work and has each time to be brought back to it from the outside.
Page 281 - EXTRACT FROM The Morning Post. "... Every phase and process in weaving is described with so clear and careful an exactitude, that, helped as the text is by the Author's sketches and diagrams, the reader should have no difficulty in conquering with its aid the rudiments of the craft.
Page 280 - WRITING AND ILLUMINATING, AND LETTERING. By EDWARD JOHNSTON. 227 Illustrations and Diagrams by the Author and NOEL ROOKE. 8 Pages of Examples in Red and Black. 24 Pages of Collotype Reproductions. 512 pp.
Page 280 - EXTRACT FROM The Pall Mall Gazette. " Mrs. Christie has performed her task to admiration, . . . and her lucid explanations of various kinds of stitches . . . should be of value to all workers at embroidery or tapestry weaving and to novices anxious to learn.
Page 31 - Jesus was the author and finisher of the faith; to* which nothing can be added, and from which nothing can be taken...

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