International studio — 30.1906/​1907(1907)

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English Drawing

for us much which emotion-
ally and visually we know to
be our own. The visual
side of our inheritance is
extended and enriched by
his experience with the
simultaneous quickening of
our natural emotion. One
of the strongest traits of
the English character is a
deep-seated responsiveness
to nature, and from this
there arose in England
the greatest of landscape
schools. The true land-
scape art of England is
homely, emotional; loving
the village and the v\ay to
it by the open plain. And
pencil sketch by john constable, r.a. the English painter has been
(By permission of C. Fairfax Murray, Esq.) . . ....
r so closely surrounded with
the scenes he loves, he has
synthetic and rapid drawing by a master is as always been so fond of the things at his very door,
much the ripe fruit of artistic experience as a that his insularity has formed his genius. He has
finished painting by their author. What an created an art in praise of the country-side which
unconfused and individual view of
nature these masters had arrived at,
even their least important studies show.
Almost every day, year after year, the
difficult lessons had been learnt which
result in this perfection. And it is these
difficult days of which the collector is
sub-consciously aware when he is build-
ing his collection. He is reaping a
harvest which he has not sowed, that
is, if he collects out of a love for the
perfect craft these things exhibit. For,
without a doubt, no one who has had
companionship with the scholarship of
these things can henceforward view
nature in quite the same untrained way
as previously, though nothing of the
great artists’ power may pass to them
as regards the superlative difficulties
of actual creation.
There can be no doubt that familiarity
with the way of viewing nature, which
we find brought to several varieties
of perfection in the work of different
masters, does contribute greatly to our
own delight when we are left with nature,
and this is especially so when some one
master, by virtue of a certain affinity of
temperament, can express eloquently (By permission of C. Fairfax Murray, Esq. )

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