The Salon; A Collection of the Choicest Paintings Recently Executed by Distinguished European Artists ...

The Salon; A Collection of the Choicest Paintings Recently Executed by Distinguished European Artists ...

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...and white. The background is a white wall, covered with busts, scraps of modelling, and bas-reliefs, which, with their different shades of marble and plaster, fill up the whole scale of pure, bluish, and yellowish white tone. Against this high light is relieved the dark figure of the sculptor, who has climbed on a box to chisel more at ease at his mythological bas-relief. At the artist's feet a female model, in all the splendor of her glowing flesh tones and fine figure, is taking a moment's rest. The elements are simple--a nude female RouGF.RON (J.-J.).--Taking the Veil at a rarmelifr Convent. figure, and a man in sombre dress, against a white background--but they tell the whole story. You see at once how sharply the lines must stand out, and how strongly the work enchains the attention of every passing visitor. While the picture is effective at the first glance, it only gains by longer examination; for every detail is executed with conscientious care and skill. Pass to one of the pleasantest among painters, M. Gustave Jacquet, who has picked out an especially sunny corner in the realm of genre painting in which to sit and tell his smiling tale of olden time. His pencil has a touch of the fop and the flatterer in its marvellous skill at drawing the fair faces of our great-grandmother's day, the rustling folds of old brocades, or the sheen of heavy satins, the magic lustre of gold lace, and the dazzling glow of the rose. Looking at his picture, " The Minuet," we are tempted to compare him with such artists of the last century as Watteau, Boucher, or Nattier, and this, too, to M. Jacquet's advantage, superior as he is to his predecessors in method. Look, for instance, at the woman dancing, in her long, stiff corsage of...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236569008
  • 9781236569004