Design in Landscape Gardening

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Century Company, 1914 - Landscape gardening - 278 pages
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Page 82 - Painter, therefore, is to make no ostentation of the means by which this is done ; the spectator is only to feel the result in his bosom. An inferior artist is unwilling that any part of his industry should be lost upon the spectator. He takes as much pains to discover, as the greater artist does to conceal, the marks of his subordinate assiduity. In works of the lower kind everything appears studied and encumbered ; it is all boastful art and open affectation. The ignorant often part from such pictures...
Page 131 - A certain amount of regularity must be the characteristic of a formal scheme. Straight lines and angles are emphasized on account of their greater precision, while the informal type lays larger emphasis upon curves and rounded masses. In the formal type little is left to the imagination. Few unexpected arrangements appear. The whole scheme is visible from one point, instead of unfolding gradually to the view.
Page 54 - Japanese gardens found in this part of the world are treated f addishly, as stage property or pieces of scenery, and consequently they cannot be considered as the outgrowth of conditions. In fact, some essentially Japanese detail is often introduced into an entirely foreign scheme — an Italian garden for instance — in such a way as to spoil both the intrinsic beauty of the detail and the whole garden scheme as well. If a carefully designed Japanese garden is secluded, and so placed as to be seen...
Page 131 - ... planting for flat ground only. As Roote and Kelly have defined, "Informal design may be called a study of space relations, and formal design, a study of lines. Informal planting consists of irregular forms irregularly placed, and formal planting consists always of regular forms regularly placed. In a formal scheme, straight lines and angles are emphasized on account of their greater precision, while the informal type lays larger emphasis upon curves and rounded masses. In the formal type little...

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