Modern Painters; PT. 1. of General Principles. PT. 2 of Truth Volume 1-2

Modern Painters; PT. 1. of General Principles. PT. 2 of Truth Volume 1-2

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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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...and hesitate over the near rocks, nor stop to botanize on the first inches of his path. And the impression of these pictures was always great and enduring, as it was simple and truthful. I do not know anything in art which has expressed more completely the force and feeling of nature in these particular scenes. And it is a farther illustrationf of the principle we are insisting upon, There is no inconsistency, observe, between this passage and what was before asserted respecting the necessity of botanical fidelity--where the foreground is the object of attention. Compare Part II. Sect. I. Chap. VII. 10: --" To paint mist rightly, space rightly, and light rightly, it may be often necessary to paint nothing else rightly." t Hardly. It would have been so only had the recently finished foregrounds been as accurate in detail as they are abundant: they are painful, I believe, not from their finish, but their falseness. that who e, as in some of his later works, he has bestowed more labor on the foreground, the picture has lost both in space and sublimity. And among artists in general, who are either not aware of the principle, or fear to act upon it, (for it requires no small courage, as well as skill, to treat a foreground with that indistinctness and mystery which they have been accustomed to consider as characteristic of distance, ) the foreground is not only felt, as every landscape painter will confess, to be the most embarrassing and unmanageable part of the picture, but, in ninetynine cases out of a hundred, will go near to destroy the effect of the rest of tho composition. Thus Callcott's Trent is severely injured by the harsh group of foreground figures; and Stanfield very rarely gets through an Academy picture more

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