Art in America Volume . 6

Art in America Volume . 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...Although an intense student of nature, he never allowed the random and disorder of the visual world to go first hand into his pictures. His early drawings show a faithful and clear rendering of facts, which inform his work with a complete knowledge of the subject, but which were deliberately introduced as part of a pictorial scheme. Never a naturalist in the more limited sense of that term, he was nevertheless a keen and sensitive observer, one who collected his material carefully and made excellent use of it. It is difficult to define the characteristics of American landscape. It is not merely the illustration of local scenery, but must be associated with the mood or impulse arising from the observation of it. The panoramic predecessors of Murphy saw only the scenic element in our landscape, subjects which were possible to weave into classical compositions reminiscent of Claude. But with Murphy we see a new appreciation in the romance of the homely and the natural, not made spectacular by the light of never-dying suns but quiet, sombre and serene, with always a sense of the poetry of melancholy. It is apparent in his earliest canvases that, though working within a limited scheme of pictorial design, he was a master of the relation and balance of line and mass, the subtle gradations of light and dark and of the color which bound them together. It was not merely the representation of our local landscape that made Murphy essentially American, but his personal interpretation of it. It may be said that, not having become familiar with foreign subjects and foreign masters through travel abroad, his viewpoint was in consequence more local and limited. The very fact, however, that he did not desire to travel, and roam about from one corner of the globe...
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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236557883
  • 9781236557889