"Well, but, Owen, what are you about?" asked his old school-fellow, still in such a hearty volume of tone that it made the artist
shrink, especially as the question related to a subject so sacred as the absorbing dream of his imagination.
Upon the other hand, whenever a community or a powerful section of a community, or a government of any kind, attempts to dictate to the artist
what he is to do, Art either entirely vanishes, or becomes stereotyped, or degenerates into a low and ignoble form of craft.
"Have you seen Mihailov's picture?" he said, handing him a Russian gazette he had received that morning, and pointing to an article on a Russian artist
, living in the very same town, and just finishing a picture which had long been talked about, and had been bought beforehand.
When that has educated the frame to self-possession, to nimbleness, to grace, the steps of the dancing-master are better forgotten; so painting teaches me the splendor of color and the expression of form, and as I see many pictures and higher genius in the art, I see the boundless opulence of the pencil, the indifferency in which the artist
stands free to choose out of the possible forms.
I have been, it seems, so unfortunate as to offend Lady Lydiard (how, I cannot imagine); and the all-powerful influence of this noble lady is now used against the struggling artist
who is united to you by the sacred ties of kindred.
thus sufficed for the educational needs of the aristocracy.
I should have been much more so, however, had not long experience advised me not to trust, with too implicit a reliance, the enthusiastic descriptions of my friend, the artist
, when indulging in comments upon the loveliness of woman.
This is wonderfully interpreted by the artist
. It is the master-stroke of this imcomparable painting.
Having thus no portraits of other people to paint, what is it my duty, as a neglected artist
, to do next?
With this nation of artists
in emotion, the taste of the tea is a thing of lesser importance; it is the aroma which remains and delights.
Always, in his interviews with Phoebe, the artist
made especial inquiry as to the welfare of Clifford, whom, except at the Sunday festival, he seldom saw.
I am also an artist
. I have painted a great picture.