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Gerome: Introductory and Critical

Gerome: A Collection of the Works of J.L. Gerome in One Hundred Photgravures. Multiple Volumes. New York: Samuel L. Hall, 1881.


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INTRODUCTORY AND CRITICAL

ignoble roughening of impasto into arbitrary representations of earth or wall, the sketching with the edge of the thumb-nail in wet color, the trowelling with a spatula, and other tricky juggles, more worthy of the wood-grainer than the artist—he would respect less than he does some of the most wonderful pieces of illusion in the galleries. He would see, at least, that a certain class of tempers, and those not the meanest, will always scorn to be carried away one inch from controlled con- struction and drawing by a device for texture, however brilliant; that the rapturous enjoyment of chiaroscuro and harmonious values is a distinctly sensual pleasure, while that of noble composition and lucid statement is an intellectual one, that Michael Angelo will never bring himself to sacrifice his modelling of Moses pudic cheek for a device to scramble with the hair upon it; that the grand style, in fact, is a style of selections and of reticences, and that they are blessed who have chosen the better part.

EDWARD STRAHAN

19 LAFAYETTE PLACE, 1881.



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