There was nothing particularly striking about them except that they were artists
of the kind that talk.
would have found it desirable to study his face, and prove its capacity for varied expression; to darken it with a frown, --to kindle it up with a smile.
It is not a Work, it is only what artists
call a "study"--a thing to make a finished picture from.
It may often happen on the stage, that an actor, by possessing in a preeminent degree the external qualities necessary to give effect to comedy, may be deprived of the right to aspire to tragic excellence; and in painting or literary composition, an artist
or poet may be master exclusively of modes of thought, and powers of expression, which confine him to a single course of subjects.
I fixed in the stumps so artificially, scraping and sloping them with my knife toward the points, that I made a very tolerable comb; which was a seasonable supply, my own being so much broken in the teeth, that it was almost useless: neither did I know any artist
in that country so nice and exact, as would undertake to make me another.
In the centre of the room, clamped to an upright easel, stood the full-length portrait of a young man of extraordinary personal beauty, and in front of it, some little distance away, was sitting the artist
himself, Basil Hallward, whose sudden disappearance some years ago caused, at the time, such public excitement and gave rise to so many strange conjectures.
Certainly neither rich men--those sultans of society who fill their harems--nor middle-class men, who follow the well-beaten high- road of prejudices; nor women who, not choosing to understand the passions of artists
, impose the yoke of their virtues upon men of genius, imagining that the two sexes are governed by the same laws.
Hence the proverbial toleration of artists
for their own evil creations.
In my eyes, your modern artists
are already old; they have two or three thousand years of existence; I confound them in my own mind.
But, instead of forming a pyramid by mounting each other's shoulders, the artists
were to group themselves on top of the noses.
People who have never seen these structures, and have only the ill-imagined efforts of artists
or the imperfect descriptions of such eye-witnesses as myself to go upon, scarcely realise that living quality.
With this nation of artists
in emotion, the taste of the tea is a thing of lesser importance; it is the aroma which remains and delights.
They are, however, interested in the drama, and as a certain advance has been made in the drama within the last ten or fifteen years, it is important to point out that this advance is entirely due to a few individual artists
refusing to accept the popular want of taste as their standard, and refusing to regard Art as a mere matter of demand and supply.
The bucolic character at Hayslope, you perceive, was not of that entirely genial, merry, broad-grinning sort, apparently observed in most districts visited by artists
Servin, one of our most distinguished artists
, was the first to conceive of the idea of opening a studio for young girls who wished to take lessons in painting.