Yes, though you may think me perverse, if it were proposed to me to dwell in the neighborhood of the most beautiful garden that ever human art
contrived, or else of a Dismal Swamp, I should certainly decide for the swamp.
It is my comfort, that errors of this kind will escape the general class of readers, and that I may share in the ill-deserved applause of those architects, who, in their modern Gothic, do not hesitate to introduce, without rule or method, ornaments proper to different styles and to different periods of the art
It is astonishing how much the Art
-- or I may almost call it instinct -- of Sight Recognition is developed by the habitual practice of it and by the avoidance of the custom of "Feeling".
Such, then, are the differences of the arts
with respect to the medium of imitation.
It is a question whether we have ever seen the full expression of a personality, except on the imaginative plane of art
For love is the enemy of haste; it takes count of passing days, of men who pass away, of a fine art
matured slowly in the course of years and doomed in a short time to pass away too, and be no more.
All things are in place in that art
, self-created, logical, and well proportioned.
By these experiences his inborn passion for the beautiful and the grand in Nature and Art
was early developed.
But surely, Thrasymachus, the arts
are the superiors and rulers of their own subjects?
Under an oak-tree loaded with leaves and nuts, under a sky full of eternal eyes, I stand in a thoroughfare; but in the works of our plastic arts
and especially of sculpture, creation is driven into a corner.
From the corner of the divan of Persian saddle-bags on which he was lying, smoking, as was his custom, innumerable cigarettes, Lord Henry Wotton could just catch the gleam of the honey-sweet and honey-coloured blossoms of a laburnum, whose tremulous branches seemed hardly able to bear the burden of a beauty so flamelike as theirs; and now and then the fantastic shadows of birds in flight flitted across the long tussore-silk curtains that were stretched in front of the huge window, producing a kind of momentary Japanese effect, and making him think of those pallid, jade-faced painters of Tokyo who, through the medium of an art
that is necessarily immobile, seek to convey the sense of swiftness and motion.
Thou, who, to my thinking, art
beyond all doubt a dullard, without early rising or night watching or taking any trouble, with the mere breath of knight-errantry that has breathed upon thee, seest thyself without more ado governor of an island, as though it were a mere matter of course.