Mr. Whistler's "Ten O'clock"

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Seite 12 - Nature contains the elements, in colour and form, of all pictures, as the keyboard contains the notes of all music. But the artist is born to pick, and choose, and group with science, these elements, that the result may be beautiful — as the musician gathers his notes, and forms his chords, until he bring forth from chaos glorious harmony.
Seite 13 - The sun blares, the wind blows from the east, the sky is bereft of cloud, and without, all is of iron. The windows of the Crystal Palace are seen from all points of London. The holiday-maker rejoices in the glorious day, and the painter turns aside to shut his eyes.
Seite 13 - And when the evening mist clothes the riverside with poetry, as with a veil, and the poor buildings lose themselves in the dim sky, and the tall chimneys become campanili, and the warehouses are palaces in the night, and the whole city hangs in the heavens, and fairy-land is before us - then the wayfarer hastens home; the working man and the cultured one, the wise man and the one of pleasure, cease to understand, as they have ceased to see, and Nature, who, for once, has sung in tune, sings her exquisite...
Seite 5 - Art is upon the Town ! — to be chucked under the chin by the passing gallant — to be enticed within the gates of the householder — to be coaxed into company, as a proof of culture and refinement. If familiarity can breed contempt, certainly Art — or what is currently taken for it — has been brought to its lowest stage of intimacy. The people have been harassed with Art in every guise, and vexed with many methods as to its endurance. They have been told how they shall love Art, and live...
Seite 27 - We have then but to wait — until, with the mark of the gods upon him — there come among us again the chosen — who shall continue what has gone before.
Seite 23 - He is also no more the product of civilisation than is the scientific truth asserted, dependent upon the wisdom of a period. The assertion itself requires the <man> to make it - the truth was from the beginning.
Seite 22 - ... silliness that surrounds him. For Art and Joy go together, with bold openness, and high head, and ready hand — fearing naught, and dreading no exposure. Know, then, all beautiful women, that we are with you. Pay no heed, we pray you, to this outcry of the unbecoming — this last plea for the plain. It concerns you not. Your own instinct is near the truth — your own wit far surer guide than the untaught ventures of thickheeled Apollos.
Seite 9 - This man, who took no joy in the ways of his brethren — who cared not for conquest, and fretted in the field — this...
Seite 14 - He does not confine himself to purposeless copying, without thought, each blade of grass, as commended by the inconsequent, but in the long curve of the narrow leaf, corrected by the straight tall stem, he learns how grace is wedded to dignity, how strength enhances sweetness, that elegance shall be the result.
Seite 12 - To say to the painter, that Nature is to be taken as she is, is to say to the player, that he may sit on the piano. That Nature is always right, is an assertion, artistically, as untrue, as it is one whose truth is universally taken for granted.

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