The International Studio Volume 7

The International Studio Volume 7

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: the appreciation of what is fittest for pictorial treatment. The open air attracted him as a vast storehouse of artistic material, and the countryside inspired him with the keenest desire to study and record those beauties of colour, form, and atmosphere which were presented to him in endless profusion. When after a boyhood spent in direct contact with Nature in her most persuasive aspects ho had to begin the battle of life in London, and to confine his aspiration within the narrow limits of a Post Office clerkship, it is quite understandable that he should have found the contrast altogether unendurable. But even during this period of wearying misapplication of his abilities, he did not forget the intention that was taking form in his mind, to turn to art practice at the earliest possible moment. He seized the opportunity afforded by this stay in London to secure the only systematic teaching in the rudiments of his chosen profession that he ever obtained; and in the evenings, when his Post Office labours were over, he worked as a student in the art school at South Kensington. A couple of years, however, sufficed to satisfy him as to the futility of keeping up even the pretence of observing the duties of his clerkship, and he declined any longer to divide his attention between what he had to do and the work with which he wished to occupy himself. So London was abandoned, and all the chances that might have been open to him of rising to a prominent official position; and he gladly took up again his life in the country, determined now to make art his only occupation. That he was thoroughly serious in this important step appeared at once in his manner of setting to work there. He began immediately to paint out of doors, studying always more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236499980
  • 9781236499981