How to Judge of a Picture: Familiar Talks in the Gallery with the Uncritical Lovers of Art

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Chautauqua Press, 1888 - Painting - 168 pages
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Page 159 - You must look at pictures studiously, earnestly, honestly. It will take years before you come to a full appreciation of art, but when at last you have it you will be possessed of one of the purest, loftiest, and most ennobling pleasures that the civilized world can offer you.
Page 95 - COMPOSITION. PICTORIAL composition may be defined as the proportionate arranging and unifying of the different features and objects of a picture. It is not the huddling together of miscellaneous studio properties — a dummy, a vase, a rug here, and a sofa, a fire-place, a table there; it is not the lugging in by the ears of unimportant people to fill up the background of the canvas, as in the spectacular play ; it is not taking a real group from nature and transplanting it upon canvas. There must...
Page 95 - It is not the huddling together of miscellaneous studio properties — a dummy, a vase, a rug here, and a sofa, a fireplace, a table there ; it is not the lugging in by the ears of unimportant , people to fill up the background of the canvas, as in the spectacular play ; it is not taking a real group from nature and transplanting it upon canvas. There must be an exercise of judgment on ^ the part of the artist as to fitness and position, as to harmony of relation, proportion, color, light; and there...
Page 35 - The satyr has a value a few degrees bflow that of the draperies, making it the third halo. When the bouquet is thus formed Correggio surrounds it with beautiful dark leaves shading toward the extremities of the canvas.
Page 87 - ... in order to explain this I shall have to ramble a little to one side. It is the attempt of every true artist to paint, not reality, but the appearance of reality. I have spoken of this before, and I now wish to emphasize it still further. You know if one whirls a torch, with one end of it in a glow of coals, rapidly around the head we will see a ring of fire. Is there a ring, or does it only appear so ? The wheel of...
Page 5 - Studying the canvas—not one, but thousands of them—can alone give practical knowledge, accurate judgment, and good taste. This may be applied even against this little volume. It is not designed as a complete guide to the fine arts, nor as a short cut to knowledge, and is put forth in all modesty of spirit however dictatorial or positive its Ianguage may seem. Its main endeavor is to point out some general rules of art which may be practically applied in the gallery.
Page 41 - There is always a point of high light and an opposite point of deep shadow, and in art...
Page 109 - Their labor has been too ignoble and purely mechanical to endure. The painter detailing nature upon canvas line upon line, with no hope, object, or ambition but that of rendering nature as she is, is but unsuccessfully rivaling the photograph camera. The sculptor working in a similar fashion is but emulating the hideousness of the wax figure. No; the object of painting is not to deceive, and make one think he stands in the presence of real life. Art is not the delineating of peanuts and postage stamps...
Page 115 - ... the conception. And further on we read, A familiar scene — of valley, lake, mountain, or brookside — is chosen, and painted as it is, with lack of thought and want of feeling, painted simply that you may have a facsimile of what you possibly may not possess in reality. Such pictures are good reminders of the places we have visited, like the photographs we buy along the line of travel, and they may not improperly serve to conceal a break in the wall paper of the drawing-room; but they scarcely...
Page 109 - Poll," without leaving a trace of anything we appreciate or care for. Their labor has been too ignoble and purely mechanical to endure. The painter detailing nature upon canvas line upon line, with no hope, object, or ambition but that of rendering nature as she is, is but unsuccessfully rivaling the photograph camera.

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