Studio International Volume 1

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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. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...prevent the confusion of disguises. It is never with impunity that one country lends its genius to another. The one which borrows becomes like the people who solicit the help of their neighbour's armies. The strong establish a garrison among the weak, whom they invade and absorb. The Italians of the sixteenth century were quartered with us for some two hundred years. The English school of 1830, of which I have spoken before, did not absorb us, but suggested faculties which were already with us in a latent state; the proof is that these have given us masters. Dutch art and Italian masters absorbed Reynolds so little that his finest portraits are those in which he is the most himself--that is to say, a painter and an Englishman. As, for example, in the admirable full-length portrait in the gallery of Mr. Tennant. Another example, more recent: Mr. Whistler, with whom the influence of Velasquez is very visible, is not absorbed by it; it has but come to reinforce the capabilities of his genial organisation. Pure sources revive. Ingres will always be a sure guide for the genius of a people, whatever it may be, because he only appeals to what is most pure in art, admiration of Nature. An English painter may, for the same reason, always, without weakening himself, apply M. Degas' art to his conceptions. But to be influenced by it and to copy it are two entirely different things. To be inspired by a master is to pay him just homage; to copy is to misunderstand him. Unfortunately, this is the commencement of nearly all the schools. What, then, is to become of this new evolution? As for myself, I frankly admit I do not think it necessary unless it leads English painting back to its keen and persistent qualities of days gone by. Without going back so far more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236634896
  • 9781236634894