The Diary of a Looker-On

The Diary of a Looker-On

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... Rosa. There were others, the prolific Poussins, Vandevelde, who made sea-fights for Charles II., and Cuyp, with his cattle and sunny meadows. But Claude was the champion. I think Whitechapel likes Claude. A stevedore stood beside me before the three Claudes in the lower gallery. He looked, shifted his feet, and said, "They're a bit of alright, Mister." They are, indeed they are. Here are the Claude lovely skies, distances and blue lakes, set in scenes where there is eternal beauty and peace. The properties, without which no landscape in his day was considered complete, are, of course, there; but the ruins, the bridges, the drawing-master trees, the stupid figures, are not insistent. Claude used to say that he made no charge for his figures. The stevedore particularly admired A Shepherd Playing on His Pipe, containing one figure only, and I gathered from his remarks that he liked these three Claudes none the less because they were unlike Nature. Since Claude's day landscape painting has passed through revolutions. Nature has been assailed. Men have pitted themselves against the dazzling gold of the sun, against the pale silver of moonlight, against the luminous grey of noon. We are infinitely cleverer; we can do a hundred things in landscape that the old men never dreamed of attempting--Turner's visions of Venice and his Rain, Steam, and Speed; Corot's pastorals; Monet's haystacks; Henry Moore's seas; Clausen's light on meadow and in barn; but we have lost something--the large repose and solemn grandeur that ennobles most of Claude's four hundred pictures. Suppose he could revisit the world he loved, take a 'bus from the Bank to the Whitechapel Art Gallery, and spend a morning among the modern landscapes on the upper floor. What would...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 188.98 x 246.13 x 4.06mm | 158.76g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236587502
  • 9781236587503