Modern Illustration

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G. Bell, 1895 - Illustration of books - 134 pages
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Page xxiii - Listen! There never was an artistic period. There never was an Art-loving nation. In the beginning, man went forth each day — some to do battle, some to the chase, others again to dig and to delve in the field — all that they might gain and live or lose and die. Until there was found among them one differing from the rest, whose pursuits attracted him not, and so he stayed by...
Page 88 - Housman in an able article on him in " Bibliographica " well says : " Among artists and those who care at all deeply for the great things of art, he cannot be forgotten : for them his work is too much an influence and a problem. And though officially the Academy shuts its mouth at him . . . certain of its leading lights have been heard unofficially to declare that he was the greatest artist " who has appeared in England in black and white.
Page 42 - ... merits. It has survived the ghastly period immediately succeeding Bewick, when the sole end of the engravers on wood was to imitate the engraver on steel or on copper. It has survived the stage of the shop run by a clever business-man who merged the individuality of all his artists and engravers into that of his own firm.
Page 34 - If, on the one hand, this popularity threatens its degradation (foolish editors and grasping publishers flooding the world with cheap and nasty illustrated books and periodicals), on the other, the artistic gain promises to be its salvation, for not in the days of Dürer himself was so large a proportion of genuinely good work published.
Page 6 - Illustration (Bell), well illustrated, for the "ex-Libris" Series. It is written in an impartial spirit, and from full knowledge of the subject. It deals with British, foreign, and American illustrators, and gives an account of "the methods of to-day." He writes: "The making of modern illustration — that is, the employment of great artists to produce great works of art, to appear with letterpress in printed books— dates entirely from this century, and is altogether due to the genius of four men...
Page xviii - It is but a sketch, and a very slight one, of what I think is the most important work of this century ; from which I know I shall be told I have omitted almost all that I should have included, and inserted much that should have been omitted.
Page 79 - I suppose that among artists and people of any artistic appreciation, it is generally admitted by this time that the greatest bulk of the work of "Phiz," Cruikshank, Doyle, and even many of Leech's designs are simply rubbish.

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