Artists of the Nineteenth Century and Their Works: A Handbook Containing Two Thousand and Fifty Biographical Sketches, Volume 1

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Houghton, Osgood, 1879 - Artists
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Page 176 - He has told a thousand truths in as many strange and fascinating ways ; he has given a thousand new and pleasant thoughts to millions of people ; he has never used his wit dishonestly ; he has never, in all the exuberance of his frolicsome humour, caused a single painful or guilty blush...
Page 62 - ... and a still nearer mass, also to the right, fills the field of vision in that direction. Near a little pool, and on the sloping pasture land in the foreground, are groups of many trees, and an alluvial plain near the lake is watered by a winding river, on whose banks grow beautiful clusters of wood. The qualities which strike us in Mr. Bierstadt as an artist are, first, a great audacity, justified by perfect ability to accomplish all that he intends. He is not a mere copyist of Nature, but an...
Page 225 - The precocity of his success only developed his activity ; he is always at work, and gives himself up to incessant production, although he appears but rarely at our expositions. . . . One may have more or less sympathy with the works of Rousseau and Dupre, but these two masters will remain incontestably as the two grandest colorists in landscape which the contemporaneous school has produced.
Page 311 - He was above all this, and honourably resolved to cultivate his taste for painting, and become a professional artist. I am no judge of painting, but I am conscious that Francis Grant possesses, with much cleverness, a sense of beauty derived from the best source, that is, the observation of really good society, while, in many modern artists, the want of that species of feeling is so great as to be revolting-.
Page 270 - ... Sandalphon," which belonged to Mr. Longfellow, bas-reliefs of Dante, and a statue of the " Sleeping Child." She sent to the Exhibition in Philadelphia, 1876, a chimney-piece on which were sculptured " Children and the Yule-Log and Fireside Spirits." This was purchased by Mrs. Hemenway, of Boston. " Her works are full of poetic fancy ; her bas-reliefs of the seven days of the week and of the hours are most lovely and original in conception. Her sketches of Dante in bas-reliefs are equally fine....
Page 311 - But the law is not a profession so easily acquired, nor did Frank's talents lie in that direction. His passion for painting turned out better. Connoisseurs approved of his sketches, both in pencil and oil, but not without the sort of criticisms made on these occasions — that they were admirable for an amateur — but it could not be expected that he should submit to the...
Page 185 - The art of this illustrious master consists in choosing well a bit of country and painting it as it is, enclosing in its frame all the simple and naïve poetry which it contains. No effects of studied light, no artificial and complicated composition, nothing which allures the eyes, surprises the mind, and crushes the littleness of man. No, it is the real, hospitable and familiar country, without display or disguise, in which one finds himself...
Page 314 - I regard Mr. Greenough's Washington as one of the greatest works of sculpture of modern times. I do not know the work which can justly be preferred to it, whether we consider the purity of the taste, the loftiness of the conception, the truth of the character, or, •what we must own we feel less able to judge of, accuracy of anatomical study and mechanical skill.
Page 383 - Unlike the generality of our landscape art, his does not hint a picture so much as a living realization of the affluence of nature. Inness gives with equal facility the drowsy heat, hot shimmer, and languid quiet of a summer's noon, or the stormweighed atmosphere, its dark masses of vapor, and the wild gathering of thunder-clouds, with their solemn hush before the tempest breaks. He uses sunlight sparingly, but it glows on his canvas, and turns darkness into hope and joy.
Page 105 - There was at first," says Mr. Förster, m hie Life of Charles Diclcens, vol. ip 94, " a little difficulty in replacing him, and for a single number Mr. Buss was interposed." RW Buss was born in London August 29, 1804, and died in Camden Town Feb. 26, 1874. In the early part of his career he helped to illustrate Cumberland's British Drama. See Redgrave's Dictionary of Artists of the Englith School. GFRB BEDOUIN (6ft S.

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