Here and there, above this shelf, a head of Niobe, hanging to a nail, presented her pose of woe; a Venus smiled; a hand thrust itself forward like that of a pauper asking alms; a few "ecorches," yellowed by smoke, looked like limbs snatched over-night from a graveyard; besides these objects, pictures, drawings, lay figures, frames without paintings, and paintings without frames gave to this irregular apartment that studio physiognomy which is distinguished for its singular jumble of ornament and bareness, poverty and riches, care and neglect.
A faint smile brightened the lips of the young Italian, who seemed thoughtful, and walked slowly to her easel, glancing carelessly at the drawings and paintings on her way, and bidding good-morning to each of the young girls of the first group, not observing the unusual curiosity excited by her presence.
His desultory education was mostly in the lines of painting and the Italian and English poets.
Together with Burne-Jones, moreover, he became an enthusiastic pupil of Rossetti in painting. His first volume of verse, 'The Defence of Guinevere and Other Poems,' put forth in 1858, shows the influence of Rossetti and Pre-Raphaelitism, but it mainly gives vivid presentation to the spirit of fourteenth-century French chivalry.
and what is his speech, his love of painting
, love of nature, but a still finer success, --all the weary miles and tons of space and bulk left out, and the spirit or moral of it contracted into a musical word, or the most cunning stroke of the pencil?
He had a ready appreciation of art, and probably, with a taste for imitating art, he supposed himself to have the real thing essential for an artist, and after hesitating for some time which style of painting
to select--religious, historical, realistic, or genre painting--he set to work to paint.
Moreover, it is necessary to instruct children in what is useful, not only on account of its being useful in itself, as, for instance, to learn to read, but also as the means of acquiring other different sorts of instruction: thus they should be instructed in painting
, not only to prevent their being mistaken in purchasing pictures, or in buying or selling of vases, but rather as it makes [1338b] them judges of the beauties of the human form; for to be always hunting after the profitable ill agrees with great and freeborn souls.
And you want to express too much with your painting
. You would only have made a better or worse portrait with a background which every connoisseur would give a different reason for or against.
In Brittany he had come across a painter whom nobody else had heard of, a queer fellow who had been a stockbroker and taken up painting
at middle-age, and he was greatly influenced by his work.
He was painting
a group of Italian peasants, in the costume of the Campagna, lounging on the steps of a Roman church.
A similar fact is seen in painting
. The most beautiful colours, laid on confusedly, will not give as much pleasure as the chalk outline of a portrait.
Of course, he had a wonderful genius for painting
. But a man can paint like Velasquez and yet be as dull as possible.
"As I was painting
the bright petals of a blue bell, it told me this tale."
that is laid on painting
Maketh no display or show; Where one beauty's in possession There no other can take hold.
We speak of the keeping of a room as we would of the keeping of a picture - for both the picture and the room are amenable to those undeviating principles which regulate all varieties of art; and very nearly the same laws by which we decide on the higher merits of a painting
, suffice for decision on the adjustment of a chamber.