Artists of the Nineteenth Century and Their Works: A Handbook Containing Two Thousand and Fifty Biographical Sketches, Volume 2

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Houghton, Osgood, 1879 - Artists
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Page 346 - For Mr. Whistler's own sake, no less than for the protection of the purchaser, Sir Coutts Lindsay ought not to have admitted works into the gallery in which the ill-educated conceit of the artist so nearly approached the aspect of wilful imposture. I have seen, and heard, much of Cockney impudence before now ; but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face.
Page 305 - ... the perfect system of all truth, which we have shown to be formed by Turner's works) — the power, majesty, and deathfulness of the open, deep, illimitable sea.
Page 229 - Painters] contains more true philosophy, more information of a strictly scientific kind, more original thought and exact observation of nature, more enlightened and serious enthusiasm, and more eloquent writing, than it would be easy to match not merely in works of its own class, but in those of any class whatever.
Page 48 - There is no blinking the fact that in Mr. Punch's cabinet John Leech is the right-hand man. Fancy a number of Punch without Leech's pictures ! What would you give for it? The learned gentlemen who write the work must feel that, without him, it were as well left alone.
Page 37 - Here the exquisite execution of the glossy and crisp hair of the dog, the bright sharp touching of the green bough beside it, the clear painting of the wood of the coffin and the folds of the blanket, are language — language clear and expressive in the highest degree.
Page 190 - ... passionless perfection which he lent her, Shadowed, not darkened, where the sill expands) To so confront man's crimes in different lands With man's ideal sense. Pierce to the centre, Art's fiery finger ! and break up ere long The serfdom of this world ! appeal, fair stone, From God's pure heights of beauty against man's wrong ! Catch up in thy divine face, not alone East griefs, but west, and strike and shame the strong, By thunders of white silence overthrown.
Page 293 - ... of cloud, of all in the exhibition; and the terrific piece of gallant wrath and ruin on the extreme...
Page 67 - This was not a beautiful work — ' Cleopatra ' — but it was very original and very striking, and it merits particular comment, as its ideal was so radically different from those adopted by Story and Gould in their statues of the Egyptian Queen. . . . The effects of death are represented with such skill as to be absolutely repellent. Apart from all questions of taste, however, the striking qualities of the work are undeniable, and it could only have been produced by a sculptor of very genuine...
Page 66 - Wooing,' represents Minnehaha seated, making a pair of moccasins, and Hiawatha by her side with a world of love and longing in his eyes. In the ' Marriage ' they stand side by side with clasped hands. In both the Indian type of feature is carefully preserved, and every detail of dress, etc., is true to nature. The sentiment equals the execution. They are charming bits, poetic, simple, and natural, and no happier illustrations of Longfellow's most original poem were ever made than these by the Indian...
Page 286 - If he had had his choice, he would rather have been famous as an artist than as a writer ; but it was destined that he should paint in colors which will never crack and never need restoration. All his artist experience did him just as much good in literature as it could have in any other way ; and, in travelling through Europe to see pictures, he learned not them only, but men, manners, and languages. He read German ; he knew French well and spoke it elegantly ; and in market-places, salons, hotels,...

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