James McNeill Whistler

G. Bell, 1904 - 72 Seiten

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Seite 26 - Art should be independent of all clap-trap — should stand alone, and appeal to the artistic sense of eye or ear, without confounding this with emotions entirely foreign to it, as devotion, pity, love, patriotism, and the like. All these have no kind of concern with it; and that is why I insist on calling my works "arrangements
Seite 17 - For Mr. Whistler's own sake, no less than for the protection of the purchaser, Sir Coutts Lindsay ought not to have admitted works into the gallery in which the ill-educated conceit of the artist so nearly approached the aspect of wilful imposture. I have seen, and heard, much of Cockney impudence before now ; but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face.
Seite 34 - Industry in Art is a necessity — not a virtue — and any evidence of the same, in the production, is a blemish, not a quality ; a proof, not of achievement, but of absolutely insufficient work, for work alone will efface the footsteps of work.
Seite 26 - As music is the poetry of sound, so is painting the poetry of sight, and the subject-matter has nothing to do with harmony of sound or of colour.
Seite 77 - Nothing could be better in its way than the arrangement of these booklets, of which the letterpress is brief without boldness, and concise without obscurity. They are small yet comprehensive. They put everything into a nutshell, and the illustrations are judiciously selected. The general get-up is eminently tasteful."— Globe.
Seite 75 - ' We have before us several volumes of Messrs. Bell's ' Miniature Series of Musicians,' which are neatly produced, and likely to lead on to further study, while they reach a level of accuracy which is unusual in publications which aim at being small and popular." — Athcnaum. " Bell's ' Miniature Series of Musicians' are well known and highly appreciated as a handy and useful series of concise and critical biographies.
Seite 75 - Bell's Miniature Series of Musicians. "An excellent series. "—Pall Mall Gazette. "Messrs. Bell and Sons have made themselves a great reputation for the production of thoroughly popular and understandable books on art and artists. I therefore welcome with confidence their new ' Miniature Series of Musicians...
Seite 76 - Written by acknowledged authorities, and illustrated with reproductions of the great painters' works, they should prove widely useful as well as interesting introductions to any study of the respective artists' works. —Observer. ' They are exquisite little volumes, artistically bound, and each containing reproductions of eight of the most representative works of the artist written of. How the publisher can produce the works at a shilling each will puzzle most book-buyers. They are marvels of cheapness,...
Seite 34 - A PICTURE is finished when all trace of the means used to bring about the end has disappeared. To say of a picture, as is often said in its praise, that it shows great and earnest labour, is to say that it is incomplete and unfit for view.

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