Eight Essays on Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida Volume 1

Eight Essays on Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida 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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...and pathetic gathering of frail humanity, extends a shielding arm over some two or three. Weighed down by helplessness and shame, these joyless creatures are not scurrying through the sand, or blithely plashing in the breakers. The gaiety of healthy boyhood is denied to them. Their drooping attitudes are inert, morose, and plaintive, while, as it were infected by the agony and pity of it all. the color of the sea is leaden, and the sun throws out no cheerful and invigorating radiance, but is merely sultry. 1 This picture, which hung in the Sunday-school room of the Church of the Ascension, Fifth Avenue and Tenth Street, New York City, was kindly lent to the Hispanic Society of America for exhibition, as illustrating a distinct type of mastery, by the courtesy of its owner, John E. Berwind. Esq., and of the Rector, the Rev. Percy Stickney Grant. II CRITICAL THE mardi of art in modern Spain has coincided with her evolution generally. When, in the eighteenth century, the French or Bourbon kings were settled on the throne of Spain, the very lifebreath of this nation emanated from Versailles; so that, in order to respire at all, the luckless Spaniards were compelled to simulate a sympathy with, and ape the manners of, a race whose character is radically different from their own. Even their literature declined into a tawdry imitation of the French, replacing natural and sparkling gems by dull and worthless paste; the typical, vital, and inimitable picaresque by nerveless and ephemeral travesties of Gallic forms and Gallic modes of feeling. Nor did the Spanish painters seek a less humiliating destiny. Born in a shallow, pleasure-loving, empty-headed, empty-hearted age, themselves devoid of natural ability, unstimulated by the spur of popular...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236780825
  • 9781236780829