It has been stated that under despotisms artists
have produced lovely work.
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.
thus sufficed for the educational needs of the aristocracy.
In conversation with an artist
in Venice, I asked: "What is it that people see in the Old Masters?
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
I had reached the conclusion, it will be remembered, that the extra baggage of my friend, the artist
, would prove to be pictures, or at least a picture; for I knew he had been for several weeks in conference with Nicolino:--and now here was a box, which, from its shape, COULD possibly contain nothing in the world but a copy of Leonardo's "Last Supper;" and a copy of this very "Last Supper," done by Rubini the younger, at Florence, I had known, for some time, to be in the possession of Nicolino.
Having thus no portraits of other people to paint, what is it my duty, as a neglected artist
, to do next?
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.
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.
Some say it is because they have not a long literary past and are not conventionalized by the usage of many generations of other writers, but this will hardly account for the brotherly directness of their dealing with human nature; the absence of experience elsewhere characterizes the artist
with crudeness, and simplicity is the last effect of knowledge.