The Portfolio; An Artistic Periodical Volume 19

The Portfolio; An Artistic Periodical Volume 19

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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. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...wherein Acrasius, her father, thought safely to immure her and guard himself against the curse predicted to fall on him through her offspring, Perseus. Fine in design, harmonious in colour, and complete in the confessedly mannered fulfilment of the ideal at which they aim, these pictures testify also to the unwearied study of the artist to perfect himself in all means of expression. Mr. Watts, R.A., has sent a solemn and benignant Angel of Death, encompassing within the comforting embrace of its dark wings a little infant, whose eyes it closes. At Burlington House the painter has a beautiful nude figure of Dawn, a-tiptoe on the mountain-top. In both pieces the dignified and intense expression of thought raises the work on to an ideal level above its technical shortcomings. In portraiture Mr. Herkomer is unequal, but at his best, in the trenchant and genial study of Alexander Macmillan, Esq. Mr. Richmond has nowhere a more gracefully distinguished and well-elaborated subject than Lady Ermentrude Malet. Mr. Tadema sends a bit of complete art in a tiny subject picture, two small portraits, and notably a sketch for the Heliogabalus, which indicates how much more satisfactory might have been that clever and learned, but mistaken, picture in the Academy. M. Legros has sent a life-size group of praying peasant women, austere and strong. Mr. Weguelin has an idyllic composition of Bacchus and the Choir of Nymphs. Rustic studies of coarse, picturesque strength by Mrs. Swinnerton strike one as cur1ously incongruous among the surrounding company. In landscape Mr. North, Mr. East, Mr. Mark Fisher, are at their best; but Mr. Alfred Hunt is, perhaps, better seen at Burlington House. Signor Costa, whose interesting landscape-art is always welcome, is...show more

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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236840690
  • 9781236840691