The Borderland of Country Life

Paperback | February 5, 2012

byAugusta Larned

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919. Excerpt: ... A LITTLE JOURNEY TO THE WOODS The time has mainly passed when artists travel a long distance to view the picturesque, the startling, the tremendous, and overpowering in nature. Now they know there are more good subjects within a radius of twenty-five miles of their home than they can hope to use in a lifetime, even though they.live in a smallfeatured and moderately beautiful country. It is getting a new angle on the eternally old that constitutes nearly all the material of art. It is compassing a few secrets that present themselves everywhere, such as light, shade, perspective, form, and color. The very simplest of these can be studied ardently a lifetime and yet hold mysteries and wonders unrevealed; for, beside the obvious tones and shades, there are half tones and shades, reflections of reflections, subtleties and delicacies that are never revealed unless you begin to study them with loving ardor. The landscape, we may say, is merely the stage on which sun, air, time of day and night, altitude and distance, play their fugues of change, ever shifting, ever renewing the marvel of instant and incessant creation. But the artist must not only see things, he must see through them. It is getting through to the other side that constitutes the best of art. If you stay on the surface, you are a mere copyist, an imitator. Nature will try to hide her meanings. She uses a hundred veils, but the artist penetrates, gets to moods, passions, sentiments: he feels more than he sees. Lewis Carroll saw through to the other side of the looking-glass and opened to us a world of delightful grotesquerie we should never have suspected existed, if he had not possessed the magic, penetrating eye. Millions of mothers and infants had lived before Raphael saw his madonnas, the trans...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919. Excerpt: ... A LITTLE JOURNEY TO THE WOODS The time has mainly passed when artists travel a long distance to view the picturesque, the star...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217066437

ISBN - 13:9780217066433

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