John Cassell's Art Treasures Exhibition Volume 2

John Cassell's Art Treasures Exhibition Volume 2

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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. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...possible style), we shall see that the life of Van Ostado was most laborious and sedentary. It is curious to observe how the phlegmatic and self-concentrated nature of the people of Holland seems to characterise the works of all her painters. They, to all appearance, breathe an atmosphere of their own, impervious even to the rumour of the events which are happening around them. Both Rembrandt and Van Ostade outlived the whole of the "thirty years' war." The best part of their lives was passed amid the terrors, tumults, and disasters of that protracted struggle, and yet we find that Rembrandt continued during the whole of his professional career immersed in a kind of dreamy reverie, unconscious of all that was going on around him, and a stranger to the external world. From the recesses of his mysterious cell, while the streets resounded with the bustle of war, and the roar of the cannon was heard from afar, he gavo existence to his philosophical conceptions, and turned a deaf ear to the tramp of Mansfeld's troopers. "THE DUTCH CABARET." Van Ostade seems to have been inspired by the genius of Teniers when he painted this "Interior," in which not only the two boon companions, but every little still-life accessory, has a quiet humour, and a quaint simplicity, worthy of the great master of the grotesque. In spite of the very low places!--of the very low life--which the artist has chosen to depict, there is ft great drama in this scene. If one of these "jolly fellows" looks, as the "darky" said, like one "drinking for drunkee," the other is (if we may judge by his hard-working, kindly appearance) really "drinking for dry." The expressions are admirably contrasted. There is a ..".show more

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  • Paperback | 226 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 413g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236583876
  • 9781236583871