At a later point, when again comparing historical painters to depicters
of common life, that is those who are "set down in our minds for an artist of an inferior class," he pursues a similar line of redress by questioning "whether the quality of thought shewn by the latter may not more than level the distinction which their mere choice of subjects may seem to place between them; or whether in fact, from that very common life a great artist may not extract as deep an interest as another man from that which we are pleased to call history.
At first the speaker seems an omniscient extra-diegetic depicter
, not part of the scene he is describing.
Bakker's essay in the 'Pride of Place' catalogue broadens his account of the cityscape to include the influence of Vredeman de Vries and, in keeping with the show's selection of pictures, a multitude of artists better known for working in other genres, such as Hendrick Vroom, the depicter
of naval battles.
One novel was republished in 1953, however, and the appearance of the Cairo Trilogy Bayn al-Qasrayn (Between the two palaces), Qasr al-Shawq (Palace of Longing), and Sukkariya (Sugar bowl) in 1957, made him famous throughout the Arab world as a depicter
of traditional urban life.
Hughes lists among the characteristics of Rembrandt's work the honest, even vulgar, details of commonplace life, the ability to depict "unvarnished, unedited pain," as in his gory The Blinding of Samson (1636), and a skill as "the supreme depicter
of inwardness, of human thought," even in allegorical figures.
a certain subjectivity is essential to poetry of this kind," and the other genres in which "the depicter
more or less conceals himself behind what is depicted, and finally altogether disappears" With drama being "the most objective, and in more than one respect the most complete, and also the most difficult, form of poetry" (WI [section] 5i, 248-249).
1) Archer's creator, Ross Macdonald, has mastered every virtue of the authentic Hammett-Chandler tradition (and lost, fortunately, a Chandleresque zest for strained simile which he once affected) and is, moreover, a considerable, serious novelist--possibly the best current depicter
in fiction of the people and manners of Southern California.
2) In so far as he is recalled at all, he is best remembered today as the chief depicter
of the superficial frivolity of an 'epoque' that seems now as distant and quaint as it was 'belle'.