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By Willard Huntington Wright

This booklet inquires first into the functionality and psychology of all nice artwork, and endeavours to outline these parts which make for actual worthy in portray. subsequent it makes an attempt to provide an explanation for either the fundamental and superficial ameliorations among historical and smooth paintings and to show, as minutely as house will enable, the prevalence of the hot tools over the outdated.

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On the of Veronese who had passing precincts H Z s - CO - s s W fa CO W _ PRECURSORS OF THE made NEW ERA 39 pictorial use of the products of the Orient Africa. On his return he painted Les and of Femmes colour d'Alger dans Leur Appartement. one of picture, theories. his This embodies most of his it we find cold shadows and the contiguous placing best, In opposed to hot lights, of complementaries. Delacroix looked upon himself as a colourist. But while his theories were in the main sound they did not go far enough.

This new idol, going to the Greeks its for inspiration, He made David fluent and charming. studied the Italian primitives and simplified them with Byzantine and Raphaelic addenda. He had lacking first a genuine instinct for silhouette entirely his forerunner, and soon struck the in blow which marked the disintegration of David's cult. Gerard and Gros took a further step by loosand Gericault ening slightly Ingres's drawing; and Guerin completed the disruption of the David tradition. Radeau de la Gericault's Meduse brought its young and highly talented immediately into the public gaze, not of its implied blasphemy in deviatbecause only from methode David, but because the the ing tragedy of its subject was still fresh in the national mind.

Beneath the artists' complacency. As great an artist as Giorgione considered it from the conventional viewpoint, and never attempted to deviate toward its profounder meanings. The old masters filled their canvases with shadows and light without suspecting that light itself is simply another name for colour. The history of modern art is broadly the history of the development of form by the means colour that is to say, modern art tends toward the purification of painting. Colour is capable of producing all the effects possible to black and white, and in addition of exciting an emotion more acute.

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