A Discussion of Composition, Especially as Applied to by Van Pelt John Vredenburgh 1874-1962

By Van Pelt John Vredenburgh 1874-1962

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Can we make our work By doing as Corot did, executing what we really feel and love. " characteristic of Only that produced by an artist who takes pleasure in his. creation, will be good; in essence, that will always be good. In one of the arches of the Cour Du Murier in is a bronze Ecole des Beaux Arts at Paris the figure, half finished, the fingers merely blocked out. But a and other spirit of life details pervades the bowed head, and draws one for a second look. Learning that the sculptor was only a student one wonders whence came the genius that could give so young a man such strength.

It would hardly do to ask all of our artists to die work there would be no more artists but it for their 3 ; ; A DISCUSSION OF COMPOSITION. 18 not too mucli to ask them to be willing to die for it. Loving our work, we will do it for its own sake, not is on account of the money received; and we will never put up with a poor interpretation for fame; of still less it. Kuskin* speaks of the attitude of our predecessors in architecture as being "the opposite of the prevalent feeling of modern times, which desires to produce the largest results at the least We cost.

Nature a beacon light on the broad road the butterflies always before us, is to true greatness. Yes If we create strong, powerful works of art, we must adopt for our guidance the sibyl of sim! plicity. Cabefulness ; Thoughtfulness. Farther back, under the heading of "Character," I said that an artist must love his work. present plea for "simplicity," I want Under this add what to 33 CABBFULNESS; THOUGHTFULNESS. " at first sight a negation of the I say that unwillingness to waste ornament should be the result of the artist's love for And it.

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