The Atlantic Volume 33

The Atlantic Volume 33

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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. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ... we are familiar with. The riders seem scarcely to have been drawn from lay figures, even, --much less from the life. And the horse in the foreground has either only been allowed three legs, or else he is lifting two legs on the same side at once. Under a sticky and bruised tree on the right, squat some figures in blue and red, which are reflected at hap-hazard in a little' pool just below them. On the whole, the large canvases do not attract us. Nearly opposite to Mr. Veeks's picture, it is true, there hangs a work almost as large, by Chierici, which affords some genuine enjoyment. A little Italian boy has rushed into the kitchen where his mother or sister is cooking, and, with a grotesque mask held before his face, has hugely scared a little girl, who has dropped her doll, and clings to the young woman's skirt in terror. Thc latter opposes an attitude and expression of stormy reproval to the little masqucradcr. It is a pretty subject, and painted with great care, --an almost extreme nicety, in fact. The countless details of the cooking range alone might easily absorb our attention, distracting it from the real drama. Not a stain or grease spot on the iron has been omitted; and every atom of the dust and ashes, the remnants of shavings, and the half-burnt matches, appears to have been painted with a separate self-dcvotion. The smoke-bcsmirched and variously disfigured wall, too, is done with the same exactness. But the impression conveyed soon comes tu be that the artist could not keep his hands ofl' from anything. In this there is at once a timidity and a self-indulgence, faithful as the eflbrt has been to be absolutely true. But, in fact, we never do become aware in one instant of so many things as are here painted, more

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  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 875g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236904745
  • 9781236904744