The Life and Paintings of Vicat Cole, R. a

The Life and Paintings of Vicat Cole, R. a

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...where it is justly valued as "the finest landscape painting that has ever 'crossed the Line.' That it is so appreciated in Australia is shown by the following short notice--one of many such--in the Sydney Echo on its arrival: --"To the right, in the picture, rises the sleepy thousand-year-old town, its dim red roofs nestling, hardly distinguishable, among the trees, and surmounted by the square and massive Norman keep, from which the woods extend away along the river's bank till they lose themselves in blue-grey mist. Moored opposite are a couple of 'bottoms, ' the lines of whose bare rigging afford a striking contrast with the massed grouping of the town. The foreground is occupied by the river Arun, which lies half in deepening twilight shadow, half flooded with golden light, scarlet and amethyst, soft green, yellow and dove-grey, reflected from the sky above. Poetic feeling, composition of the highest order, and execution at once free, broad, decisive and effective, combine to render this noble picture one that any gallery in the world might covet." Singularly enough, both at home and in the Antipodes, adverse critics, writing of a picture combining so many fine qualities, contented themselves with attacking the accuracv of the rio-nnr of the vessels. The veteran marine painter, the late Mr. E. W. Cooke, R.A., himself the most accurate of all draughtsmen of shipping, caught Vicat Cole by the arm on varnishing day at the Academy, in front of the picture, and, pointing to the vessels, exclaimed, "Cole, Cole, who ever heard of a three-masted schooner!" Others in newspapers held up to ridicule the lightness of the masts and spars, which tells so effectively against the sky. But veteran Academician and newspaper...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236780981
  • 9781236780980