Famous Pictures of Real Boys and Girls

Famous Pictures of Real Boys and Girls

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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. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...boy's occupation may not be just to our taste, but the artist's treatment of the subject is simply superb. How often, the world over, the boy in the home or from the street seats himself with his favourite, and is lost to all else as he exterminates the pests that make life miserable to his boon companion. Ter Borch had no children of his own, yet he understood child nature and revealed it as few others did. Look again at our boy. We know that he is kind and gentle or the dog would not lie so quietly in his young master's lap. There is nothing commonplace or vulgar in this scene after Ter Borch has shown it to us. His genius and love of truth have helped us to see only the kindness and love, the trustfulness and faith that bind together a boy and his dog. Adriaan Van Ostade (1610-1685), like Jan Steen, loved to paint people of the work-a-day world. Sometimes the man is in his stall as in "The Fish Market," then again he is having fun with his companions in "The Tavern Scene," or making merry in a "Village Fete." These scenes in real life are not always agreeable in smell, in companionship, or in the kind of fun, but when Ostade has touched the scene with the poetry of his brush there is no thought of unpleasant things. "The Fish Market" would hold an honoured place on the walls of any living-room in America and no suggestion of a fishy smell would mar the beauty of its colour and lighting. But Ostade does not confine himself to picturing the men and women of the every-day, the children attract him too. His "Dutch School Room" (Fig. 29) convinces us that he has set up his easel at the open door of the seat of learning. We are sure that every trick and device of...
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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236944844
  • 9781236944849