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Black And White Art
Sono Frenchman has called the theatre a book reversed. It is a happy epigram. By a similar analogy the engraving or mezzotint might be described as a reversed picture. And with still more propriety black and white reproductions may be compared to the pianoforte in the hands of a skilful artist.
Many years ago, when I was looking over Piranesi's Antiquities of Rome, Mr. Coleridge, who was standing by, described to me a set of plates by that artist, called his Dreams, which record the scenery of his own soul during the delirium of a fever.
Until the recent appearance of the Baudelaire letters (1841-66) all that we knew of Meryon's personality and art was to be found in the monograph by Philippe Burty and Béraldi's Les Graveurs du XIX Siècle.
John Martin, Mezzotinter
Martin suffered from too great early success. The star of Turner was in the ascendant. John Ruskin denied merit to the mezzotinter, and so it is to-day that if you go to our print-shops you will seldom find one of his big or little plates.
We have barely indicated the beauties in which the virile spirit of Anders Zorn comes out at you from the wall - a healthy, large-hearted, gifted Swede is this man with the Z.
The name of Frank Brangwyn may fall upon unresponsive ears; yet he has a Continental reputation and is easily the foremost English impressionist. New York has seen but little of his work.
Mr. Frank Weitenkampf, the curator of the Lenox Library print department, shows nineteen portfolios which hold about seven hundred litho-graphs by Honoré Daumier.
Lalanne's Etchings
How heavily personality counts in etching may be noted in the etched work of Maxime Lalanne which is at the Keppel Galleries. This skilful artist, so deft with his needle, so ingenious in fancy, escapes great distinction by a hair's breadth.
Louis Legrand
His superb handling of his material, with a synthetic vision superadded, sets apart Louis Legrand in a profession which today is filled with farceurs and fakers and with too few artists by the grace of God.
Guys, The Illustrator
If you could show Raphael a croquis by Constantin Guys he would probably look the other way, but Degas would certainly admire and buy the drawing.
Impressionism Claude Monet
THE impressionists claim as their common ancestors Claude Lorraine, Watteau, Turner, Monticelli. Watteau, Latour, Largillière, Fragonard, Saint-Aubin, Moreau, and Eisen are their sponsors in the matters of design, subject, realism, study of life, new conceptions of beauty and portraiture.
Renoir flowers, dewy, blushing. You exclaim: How charming! It is normal French painting, not the painting of the schools with their false ideal of pseudo-Greek beauty, but the intimate, clear, refined, and logical style of a man who does not possess the genius of Manet, Degas, or Monet.
Good-naturedly Duret explained he had just arrived from Portugal and that the breakfast was a veritable feast. And I have just arrived from Paris, he answered, and gave his name, Edouard Manet.
A New Study Of Watteau
NEW biographical details concerning Jean Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) may never be forth-coming, though theories of his enigmatic personality and fascinating art will always find exponents.
All of which is true; yet Paul Gauguin was a painter who had something new to say, and he said it in a very personal fashion.
I once attended at Paris an exhibition devoted to the work of the late Count Toulouse-Lautrec. There the perverse genius of an unhappy man who owes allegiance to no one but Degas and the Japanese was seen at its best.
Greece - First Impressions Of The Coast
A VOYAGE to Greece does not at first sight seem a great undertaking. We all go to and fro to Italy as we used to go to France. A trip to Rome, or even to Naples, is now an Easter holiday affair.
General Impressions Of Athens And Attica
Before passing into Attica and leaving Athens, something more must, of course, be said of the museums, of the newer diggings, and of the tombs found in the Kerameikus. We will then mount the Acropolis, and wander leisurely about its marvellous ruins.
Athens - The Museum - The Tombs
Now that the Museums of Athens have been set in order, and well arranged, the visitor Cannot but still feel some disappointment not only at the poverty in works of the golden age, but also at the mutilated condition of what has survived.
The Acropolis Of Athens
I SUPPOSE there can be no doubt whatever that the ruins on the Acropolis of Athens are the most remarkable in the world. There ate ruins far larger, such as the Pyramids, and the remains of Karnak.
Athens - The Theatre Of Dionysus - The Areopagus
THERE are few recent excavations about Athens which have been so productive as those along the south slope of the Acropolis.
Excursions In Attica - Colonus - Laurium - Sunium
Nothing can be truer than the admirable description of Northern Attica given in M. Perrot's book on the Attic orators. He is describing Rhamnus, the home of Antiphon, but his picture is of broader application.
Excursions In Attica - Pentelicus - Marathon
Nothing can be truer than the admirable description of Northern Attica given in M. Perrot's book on the Attic orators. He is describing Rhamnus, the home of Antiphon, but his picture is of broader application.
Greece - From Athens To Thebes
The way from Athens to Phyle leads north-west through the rich fields of the old deme of Acharnæ ; and we wonder at first why they should be so noted as charcoal-burners. But as we approach Mount Parnes, we find that the valley is bounded by tracts of hillside fit for nothing but pine forest.
The Plain Of Orchomenus, Livadia, Chaeronea
THE road from Thebes to Lebadea (Livadia) leads along the foot of Helicon all the way—Helicon, which, like almost all celebrated Greek mountains, is not a summit, but a system of summits, or even a chain.
Greece - Arachova - Delphi - The Bay Of Kirrha
THE pilgrim who went of old from Athens to the shrine of Delphi, to consult the august oracle on some great difficulty in his own life, or some great danger to his country, saw before him the giant Parnassus as his goal, as soon as he reached the passes of Cithæron.
Greece - Olympia And Its Games
THE thousands of visitors, whose ships thronged the bay of Katakolo every four years in the great old times, cannot have been fairly impressed with the beauty of the country at first sight. Most other approaches to the coast of Greece are far more striking.
Greece - Arcadia - Andritzena - Bassae
These were the principal adventures of our tour across Arcadia. The following night we rested in real luxury at the house of our old guest-friend, Dr. Papalexopoulos, whose open mansion had received us two years before, on our first visit to Argos.
Greece - Corinth - Tiryns - Argos
THE Gulf of Corinth is a very beautiful and narrow fiord, with chains of mountains on either side, through the gaps of which you can see far into the Morea on one side, and into northern Greece on the other.
Greece - Kynuria - Sparta - Messene
WHATEVER other excursions a traveller may make in the Morea, he ought not to omit a trip to Sparta, which has so often been the centre of power, and is still one of the chief centres of attraction, in Greece.
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