Recollections of a Literary Life Volume 2

Recollections of a Literary Life Volume 2

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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. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...he went to Egypt, which I do not think he understood; perhaps he was not there long enough. Then he worked in Venice, but without result. No one recognized his handwhen he was not painting Algerian scenes. He had so accustomed the public to the burnous and the haik that it would not accept the scarf of the gondolier or the blue robe of the fellah, and only took them for a disguise. Picture buyers and picture dealers vied with one another in driving him back to the Tel and the Sahara, he would gladly have fled from. To all his proposals they replied, "No, give us one of your little Algerian bits, you know, with one of those pearly little horses you paint so admirably." He railed at-them, but set to work nevertheless, for the-hundredth time, to paint his little white horse, his little Arab with the bare arms, the little blue '-sky, the little silvery ford, and the little tree unknown to any botanist. On a day when he had _just finished one of these pretty scenes he showed it me with a shrug of the shoulders. " That is what I am condemned to for ever!" He had resolved to break definitely with this enforced tradition which had closed him in. He went to Holland to study its school of painting, and also to look upon its endless pastures and abundant vegetation, so as to shake off the memory of the desert, -of the barren rock, and of the palm-tree. I am-disposed to think that this excursion through green-fields and under misty skies might have transformed his style, but death came before he could reveal his talent in new surroundings. He will only be known as the painter of Algiers. The impression the country had produced upon him was so powerful that it never seemed exhausted or even diminished. Its influence was stronger...
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  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236980743
  • 9781236980748