Ruskin, John
The elements of drawing: in three letters to beginners — London, 1857

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LETTER III.

ON COLOUR AND COMPOSITION.

My dear Reader,—If you have been obedient, and
have hitherto done all that I have told you, I trust it
has not been without much subdued remonstrance,
and some serious vexation. For I should be sorry if,
when you were led by the course of your study to ob-
serve closely such things ciS til* 6 beautiful in colour,
you had not longed to paint them, and felt consider-
able difficulty in complying with your restriction to
the use of black, or blue, or grey. You ought to love
colour, and to think nothing quite beautiful or per-
fect without it; and if you really do love it, for its own
sake, and are not merely desirous to colour because
you think painting a finer thing than drawing, there
is some chance you may colour well. Nevertheless,
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