The Literary Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds ...: Containing His Discourses, Papers in the Idler, the Journal of a Tour Through Flanders and Holland, and Also His Commentary on Du Fresnoy's Art of Painting, Volume 1
T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1819
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Page 59 - A man cannot tell, whether Apelles or Albert Durer were the more trifler; whereof the one would make a personage by geometrical proportions, the other by taking the best parts out of divers faces to make one Excellent. Such personages I think would please nobody, but the painter that made them.
Page xxix - their excellence and their value consisted in being the observations of a strong mind operating upon life ; and in consequence you find there what you seldom find in other books.
Page xiii - It is much to be regretted that he did not live to compose such a Discourse ; for, from the hand of so great and candid an Artist, it could not but have been highly curious and instructive.
Page 77 - THIT value and rank of every art is in proportion to the mental labour employed in it, or the mental pleasure produced by it. As this principle is observed or neglected, our profession becomes either a liberal art, or a mechanical trade.
Page cxxii - ... his native humility, modesty, and candour never forsook him, even on surprise or provocation ; nor was the least degree of arrogance or assumption visible to the most scrutinizing eye in any part of his conduct or discourse.
Page 155 - The mind is but a barren soil; a soil V which is soon exhausted, and will produce no crop, or only one, unless it be continually fertilized and enriched with foreign matter.
Page 42 - You must have no dependence on your own genius. If you have great talents, industry will improve them; if you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency. Nothing is denied to well directed labour: nothing is to be obtained without it.
Page 96 - And though in this respect the Venetians must be allowed extraordinary skill, yet even that skill, as they have employed it, will but ill correspond with the great style. Their colouring is not only too brilliant, but, I will venture to say, too harmonious, to produce that solidity, steadiness, and simplicity of effect, which heroic subjects require, and which simple or grave colours only can give to a work.