Excerpt from Marked "in Haste" A Story of to-Day
IN looking over an old diary, I have stumbled upon some curious notes, odds and ends here and there, relating mostly to the American Colony resident in Paris during the years inclusive of 1874 and 1879. The actors are still living; why should my notes alone remain in oblivion?
The greatest artists study only from nature. How can an humble pen-portraitist hope to succeed other wise than by following in their footsteps? In a study of real life, creations of imagination are not unlike copies of great originals. Seeming fidelity to nature but distorts the mental vision and accustoms it only to imperfections.
Without malice, perhaps without art, I have dared to study from the nude model. Laying aside the hypercritical allusion to Art and great masters, we might say, in more homely English, that one should never spoil a story for relations' sake.
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