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.
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.
It was the artist
's intention to take no pupils but young ladies belonging to rich families of good position, in order to meet with no complaints as to the composition of his classes.
In conversation with an artist
in Venice, I asked: "What is it that people see in the Old Masters?
'What sort of a picture is it?' inquired the artist
"Oh, my dear fellow, if you want to be a gentleman you must give up being an artist
. They've got nothing to do with one another.
And when the artist
is benefited by receiving pay the advantage is gained by an additional use of the art of pay, which is not the art professed by him?
It is requisite for the ideal artist
to possess a force of character that seems hardly compatible with its delicacy; he must keep his faith in himself while the incredulous world assails him with its utter disbelief; he must stand up against mankind and be his own sole disciple, both as respects his genius and the objects to which it is directed.
"I tell you what," said Anna, who had for a long while been exchanging wary glances with Vronsky, and knew that he was not in the least interested in the education of this artist
, but was simply absorbed by the idea of assisting him, and ordering a portrait of him; "I tell you what," she said, resolutely interrupting Golenishtchev, who was still talking away, "let's go and see him!"
Lady Lydiard dismissed the subject of the artist
's widow from further consideration until the steward returned, and gave her mind to a question of domestic interest which lay nearer to her heart.
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.
Having thus no portraits of other people to paint, what is it my duty, as a neglected artist
, to do next?