The Art of Painting of Charles Alphonse Du Fresnoy

The Art of Painting of Charles Alphonse Du Fresnoy

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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. 1783 edition. Excerpt: ...that distinguishes between two things that, to an ordinary spectator, appear the same, whether this confists in tints or words, or the nice discrimination on which expression and elegance depends. R. 03 NOTE N O T E LI. V1-znsia 715. Wbile ji-ee from prejudice your active eye-Preser-ver its firfl urgsizllzed purity. Prejudice is generally used in a bad sense, 'to imply a predilection, not founded on-reason or nature, in favour of a particular master, or a particular manner, and therefore to be opposed with all' our sorce; but totally to eradicate in advanced age what has 'so much assisted us in our youth, is a point to which we cannot hope to arrive; the disticulty of conquering this prejudice is to be confidered in the number of those causes which makes excellence so very rare.. Whoever would make a rapid progress in any art or scie-nce, must begin bylhaving great confidence-in, and even prejudice in favour Uof, his iustructor; but to continue to think him infallible, would be continuing for ever in a state of infancy. 'It is impossible to draw ailine when.the Artist shall begin to dare.to examine and criticise the works of his Master, or of the greatest master-pieces of art; we can only say, that-it will be gradual. In proportion as the Scholarlearns to analyse the excellence of the Masters he esteems; in proportion as he comes exacify to distinguish in what that excellence confists; and refer it to some precise a-rule and fixed standard, in that proportion he becomes free. VVhen he has once laid hold of their princzjole, he will see when they deviate from it or fail ' to come up.to it; sothat it is in reality through his extreme admirationof, and blinddeferencc to, these Masters, (without whichhe never would have employed an intense...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236515471
  • 9781236515476