G. P. Putnam's sons, 1891 - 91 páginas
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Página 1 - It may be proved, with much certainty, that God intends no man to live in this world without working : but it seems to me no less evident that he intends every man to be happy in his •work. It is written, "in the sweat of thy brow...
Página 34 - Nature," there was not one of the things which he wished to represent, that stayed for so much as five seconds together : but none of them escaped for all that: they are sealed up in that strange storehouse of his; he may take one of them out perhaps, this day twenty years, and paint it in his dark room, far away.
Página 6 - No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort ; a great thing can only be done by a great man, and he does it without effort.
Página 25 - ... priori, that the men intended successfully to resist the influence of such a system should be endowed with little natural sense of beauty, and thus rendered dead to the temptation it presented. Summing up these conditions, there is surely little cause for surprise that pictures painted, in a temper of resistance, by exceedingly young men, of stubborn instincts and positive self-trust, and with little natural perception of beauty, should not be calculated, at the first glance, to win us from works...
Página 3 - L e. in most people's eyes, to remain in the lower grades of it, than ever it was before. When a man born of an artisan was looked upon as an entirely different species of animal from a man born of a noble, it made him no more uncomfortable or ashamed to remain that different species of animal, than...
Página 15 - Europe at the same moment to his true duty — the faithful representation of all objects of historical interest, or of natural beauty existent at the period ; representation such as might at once aid the advance of the sciences, and keep faithful record of every monument of past ages which was likely to be swept away in the approaching eras of revolutionary change.
Página 27 - ... the third or fourth year of their efforts they should have produced works in many parts not inferior to the best of Albert Durer, this is perhaps not less strange. But the loudness and universality of the howl which the common critics of the press have raised against them, the utter absence of all generous help or encouragement from those who can both measure their toil and appreciate their success, and the shrill, shallow laughter of those who can do neither the one nor the other—these are...
Página 8 - Is not the evidence of Ease on the very front of all the greatest works in existence ? Do they not say plainly to us, not, "there has been a great effort here...
Página 79 - Many critics, especially the architects, have found fault with me for not " teaching people how to arrange masses" ; for not "attributing sufficient importance to composition." Alas! I attribute far more importance to it than they do ;—so much importance that I should just as soon think of sitting down to teach a man how to write a " Divina Commedia," or "King Lear," as how to "compose," in the true sense, a single building or picture.

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