Studio: international art — 37.1906

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Rothenburg the Fantastic

which not words, but only music and paint- short a respectful quarter kilometre from the limits
ing can express. Absolute love of all that is of the town. Rothenburg, however, has existed
childish is here put before us in plastic form, precisely as though locomotives had never been
without ever becoming " sweet" or sentimental, invented, for it stands as self-contained to-day by
The sure, solid taste of the artist never fails to its perfect surrounding walls as it was three cen-
tell him where to draw the line between sentiment turies ago. If one arrives by rail it is not until he
and sentimentality. M. Pasternak's natural in- has traced half the circuit of these walls that the
clination in the direction of beautiful and delicate extraordinary situation of the town reveals itself,
line and form causes him to approach the boundary For the conditions of a deep, unsuspected valley
separating the two; but never does he overstep it. suggest that the river is struggling to embrace the

P. E. whole town.

It may be safely assumed that the majority of

ROTHENBURG THE FAN- strangers who visit Rothenburg are in search of
TASTIC- BY C. E. ELDRED, the picturesque. The visitor's first embarrassment
■j^ jg- will be to decide whether he shall commence his

exploration of the town inside or outside. I can
The railway by which Rothenburg is reached, testify that he who chooses the streets will have
besides being a very primitive branch line, stops acquired a strangely bewildered frame of mind at

the end of a day. On the
second day it will be strange
if he does not exhibit a
hunted air, and find himself
inventing some new defini-
tion of Art, suchas "the"
successful attempt to escape
from the obvious." For the
picturesque aspect of all
these towers and gates is so
evident that one can be sure
rof selecting the precise spot
which has been the point
of view for the picture post-
cards and water - colour
sketches he will find in the
shop windows.

In wandering about these
streets a more or less
complete ignorance of the
language is an advantage
greater than might be at
first supposed. With a
command or an under-
standing of the tongue one
may chance to get the
pleasant illusion dispelled,
that he is moving about
amongst the characters of
Hans Andersen's stories,
There is always a charm in
mystery, and to pry too far
is to destroy it.

How can I defend the
curiosity that prompted me
by l. pasternak to persistently pursue to its


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