The artist, meanwhile, could scarcely lift his head.
Alas that the artist, whether in poetry, or whatever other material, may not content himself with the inward enjoyment of the beautiful, but must chase the flitting mystery beyond the verge of his ethereal domain, and crush its frail being in seizing it with a material grasp.
An unhealthy work of art, on the other hand, is a work whose style is obvious, old- fashioned, and common, and whose subject is deliberately chosen, not because the artist
has any pleasure in it, but because he thinks that the public will pay him for it.
But as the artist
lived in a remote suburb, it was decided to take the carriage.
Art should exhilarate, and throw down the walls of circumstance on every side, awakening in the beholder the same sense of universal relation and power which the work evinced in the artist
, and its highest effect is to make new artists
To drive her from a place that in some sense belonged to her was not only to insult her, but to cause her a species of artistic pain; for all artists
have a spot of predilection where they work.
My conclusion, from what I saw and heard, was, that, the artist
, by some unaccountable freak of fate, or perhaps in some fit of enthusiastic and fanciful passion, had been induced to unite himself with a person altogether beneath him, and that the natural result, entire and speedy disgust, had ensued.
in what he had, and in what he lacked,--the artist
might fitly enough stand forth as the representative of many compeers in his native land.
The various arts may be doing their own business and benefiting that over which they preside, but would the artist
receive any benefit from his art unless he were paid as well?
And when such as had come in contact with Strickland in the past, writers who had known him in London, painters who had met him in the cafes of Montmartre, discovered to their amazement that where they had seen but an unsuccessful artist
, like another, authentic genius had rubbed shoulders with them there began to appear in the magazines of France and America a succession of articles, the reminiscences of one, the appreciation of another, which added to Strickland's notoriety, and fed without satisfying the curiosity of the public.
His didactic stories, like all stories of the sort, dwindle into allegories; perhaps they do their work the better for this, with the simple intelligences they address; but I think that where Tolstoy becomes impatient of his office of artist
, and prefers to be directly a teacher, he robs himself of more than half his strength with those he can move only through the realization of themselves in others.
Hence the proverbial toleration of artists
for their own evil creations.