Samuel Palmer, a Memoir. Also a Catalogue of His Works [&C.]

Samuel Palmer, a Memoir. Also a Catalogue of His Works [&C.]

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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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ... quite inverted; and men never expected to find in ideal art, the reproduction of an individual model; and, perhaps, in the grandest works, just what would stagger the naturalists as a "strangeness in the proportion" would have appeared to Flaxman, and to the men of his tone, only strangely beautiful.' The following extracts continue the same theme: --' It seems that art must, more or less, illustrate physiological truth; but that it is not its function to do so. Its function seems to me to be the display separately, or in any proportion united, of the sublime, the beautiful, the pathetic, and perhaps the picturesque; if, according to Sir Uvedale Price's book (well worth reading) on the picturesque, it is to be considered as a separate quality.... Nature is not a physiological diagram. It is the vain expectation of finding in the trees and rocks of the great masters, amusing illustrations suitable to a geological or arboreal lecture, which has caused such absurd criticism of their works. Both nature and art confuse and perplex distinctions; science (so-called) depends upon them.' 'Art, however, unites several sciences, according to Mr. Hamerton's definition in his excellent Thoughts about Art, which I have lately read: "Painting is not a simple matter, but a very deep and subtle compound of several sciences with poetry."' 'The real charm of art seems to me not to consist in what can be best clothed in words, or made a matter of research or discovery. Its technical means are conversant with several branches of science, and it demands life-long investigation of phenomena--but I do not think that the result is a science, though Constable truly said that every picture is a scientific experiment.' 'The result I take it to...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236894227
  • 9781236894229