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Self Criticism
In reviewing his completed work, the playwright should be able to determine at exactly what point the emotional interest commences. And, if this point be long delayed, he should labor to condense what precedes it, to shift the order of revelation, and by all available means to maintain attention from the beginning of his play.
Placing The Play
Playwrights are frequently warned in more or less direct language that in submitting manuscripts indiscriminately they run the risk of losing the ideas of their plays, when novel, if not the plays entire.
Literature And Art
If one could draw up the list of critical and creative men in art the scale would not tip evenly. The number of painters who have written of their art is not large, though what they have said, is always pregnant. Critics outnumber them though.
Art In Fiction
Fiction about art and artists is rare — that is, good fiction, not the stuff ground out daily by the publishing mills for the gallery-gods. It is to France that we must look for the classic novel dealing with painters and their painting, Manette Salomon, by Goncourt.
Pictures At The Hague
There are two new Rembrandts in the galleries of the Mauritshuis, lent by Prof. A. Bredius, director of the Royal Picture Gallery at The Hague. Neither is an important picture in the professional sense of that word, but they are Rembrandts at least one is indubitable and that suffices.
The Mesdag Museum
W. H. Mesdag is the well-known marine painter whose paintings may be seen in almost every gallery on the Continent. A native of Groningen (1831), he studied under Roelofs and while in Brussels lived with his relative, Alma-Tadema; the latter is a Frieslander.
Hals Of Haarlem
The Groote Kerke, St. Bavo, at Haarlem, is a noble pile with a tall tower. One of its attractions is the organ (built in 1735-38) by Christian Muller. It was until a few years ago the largest in the world.
Pictures In Amsterdam
The wonderful Rijks Museum is the representative home of old Dutch art. The Louvre, the Prado, the National Gallery excel it in variety, but the great Rembrandts are in it, and The Syndics and The Night Watch are worth a wilderness of other painters' work.
Art In Antwerp
The Royal Museum is displayed in a large square. It is a handsome structure and the arrangement of the various galleries is simple. The Rubenses, thirty-odd in all, are the piece de resistance, and the Flemish and Dutch Primitives of rare beauty.
Museums Of Brussels
Considering its size and significance, Brussels has more than its share of museums. At the beginning of the Rue de la Régence, near the Place Royale, stands the imposing Royal Museum of old paintings and sculpture.
Bruges The Beautiful
Let us stroll to the Béguinage. Reproductions of Memling and Van Eyck are in almost every window. The cafés on the square, where stands the Belfry of Longfellow's poem, are overflowing with people at table.
The Moreau Museum
Out of the beaten track of sight-seers, and not noticed with particular favour by the guide-books, the museum founded by Gustave Moreau at 14 Rue de la Rochefoucauld in Paris, is known only to a comparatively few artists and amateurs.
Pictures In Madrid
The Prado collection contains pictures by certain masters, Titian, Rubens, Correggio, and others, that cannot be seen elsewhere. Setting aside Velasquez and the Spanish school, not in Venice, Florence, or London are there Titian of such quality and in such quantity as in Madrid.
El Greco At Toledo
A large canvas, entitled El Entierro, depicting the funeral of Orgaz, by El Greco, has made Santo Tomé more celebrated than the cathedral. It is an amazing, a thrilling work, nevertheless, on a scale that prevents it from giving completely the quintessence of El Greco.
Velasquez In The Prado
Fearful that your eye has lost its innocence after hearing so much of the picture, you enter the tiny room at the museum on the Prado in which is hung Las Meninas — The Maids of Honour, painted by Velasquez in 1656.
WHEN a man begins to chatter of his promenades among the masterpieces it may be assumed that he has crossed the sill of middle-age. Remy de Gourmont, gentle ironist, calls such a period l'heure insidieuse.
Paul Cezanne
Think of Bouguereau and you have his antithesis in Cézanne — Cézanne whose stark figures of bathers, male and female, evoke a shuddering sense of the bestial. Not that there is offence intended in his badly huddled nudes; he only delineates in simple, naked fashion the horrors of some undressed humans.
Rops The Etcher
Now, Félicien Rops, the Belgian etcher, lithographer, engraver, designer, and painter, occupies about the same relative position to Honore Daumier as Whistler does to Rembrandt. How seldom you hear of Rops.
Poor Fada! The innocent, the inoffensive fool — as they christened that unfortunate man of genius, Adolphe Monticelli, in the dialect of the South, the slang of Marseilles where he spent the last sixteen years of his life.
Rodin is a statuary who, while having affinities with both the classic and romantic schools, is the most startling artistic apparition of his century. And to the century he has summed up so plastically and emotionally he has also propounded questions that only the unborn years may answer.
Eugene Carriere
In the sad and anxious rectitude of his attire the artistic interest in modern man is concentrated upon his head and hands; and upon these salient points Carrière focussed his art. Peaceful or dis quieted, his men and women belong to our century.
The Degas palette is never gorgeous, consisting as it does of cool grays, discreet blues and greens, Chardin-like whites and Manet-blacks. His procedure is all his own. His second manner is a combination of drawing, painting, and pastel.
And Botticelli? Was Botticelli a "comprehensive"— as those with the sixth or synthetic sense have been named by Lombroso? Botticelli, beginning as a goldsmith's apprentice (Botticello, the little bottle), ended as a painter, the most original in all Italy.
El Greco
There are Grecos scattered over Europe and the two Americas. Madrid and Toledo boast of his best work, but as far as St. Petersburg and Bucharest he is represented. In the United States there are eleven examples, soon to be increased by Mr. Archer M. Huntington's recent acquisition from the Kann collection.
Why so well-known and authoritative a work as Velazquez, by Aurelian de Beruete, should have been so long in reaching America is a, puzzle when you consider the velocity with which the Atlantic Ocean is traversed by so many mediocre books on art.
Goya was a Titan among artists. He once boasted that - Nature, Velasquez, and Rembrandt are my masters. It was an excellent self-criticism.
Mariano Fortuny: what a magic-breeding name! The motto of this lucky Spanish painter might have been Fortuny Fortunatus.
Sorolla Y Bastida
We might say of the Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida that he was one of those who came into the world with a ray of sunshine in their brains - altering the phrase of Villiers de l'Isle Adam.
Ignacio Zuloaga
In Paris they say of Sorolla that he paints too fast and too much; of Zuloaga that he is too lazy to paint. Half truths, these. The younger man is more deliberate in his methods. He composes more elaborately, executes at a slower gait.
In Chardin's case — by him the relativity of mundane things was accepted with philosophic phlegm — an onion was more important than an angel, a copper stew-pan as thrilling as an epic.
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