Art World Volume 1

Art World Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...a cartoon, from which the picture was painted. The result was a continual insistence upon the line. The Venetian, on the contrary, generally painted from the living model, so that the rotundity of the forms and the play of light and shade upon them are more conspicuous than the outlines, which are somewhat indeterminate. So it is with Watts; and like the works of the Venetians, his pictures gain in vitality what they lose in precision. There are few things more surprising than the technical mastery acquired by Watts without any technical training. When a boy he went for a few weeks to the Royal Academy; but those were the days when the highest aim of the artist was to produce a huge historical composition painted with colors soaked in bitumen. Watts promptly saw that he could learn nothing there; and he pursued his path alone. Yet the portrait of himself painted at seventeen and the "Wounded Heron" and the two portraits which he exhibited at the Royal Academy at twenty show a mature technique. He always declared that his real masters were the Elgin Marbles. From these he drew the nobility of his forms and those exquisite clinging draperies that clothe the figure while revealing all its beauty. From the first success attended him and in early youth he was able to spend four years in Italy, and a little later to travel through Greece, Asia Minor and Egypt. Yet he made no copies of the great pictures, no drawings of the noble monuments which fell under his observation. Instead, he spent his time in absorbing into his inmost soul the essence of their beauty and power. He did not imitate them; but their loving contemplation made him the great man that he became. He was strangely independent. He was no recluse. He was on intimate...
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  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 308g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236769821
  • 9781236769824