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The Academy Volume 2 (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 14 may 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 Excerpt: ... readers think it high time to notice the most attractive picture of the year! Aaron and Hur maysupport the Arms of Moses in vain as far as public interest goes; Hercules may wrestle with Death, and the visitors pass him by; and the ghastly fear of Claudius receive no sympathy except from the pretorians; but Mr. Frith's "Salon d'Or. Homburg" (158) has always its crowd of living votaries as well as crowd of painted gamblers. And very reasonably so: many who drop into Burlington House would rather drop into the Kursaal of Homburg if it were within reach, and not being within reach they can't have a better substitute than this picture, which is full of action, capitally characterized, entirely free of caricature, painted with zeal and untiring interest in the subject in hand. The chann of delicate sharp bright handling possessed by the "Sea-beach at Ramsgate" and the "Race-course" is not here; but then the size is larger and the subject is so different, being an interior with the foreground figures but half-length. How different is the treatment here from that of Gustavc Dorej when he painted the same Salon! And we are bound to say Frith's is infinitely more true; the fact being that all the world goes to Homburg, and all who go to Homburg visit the table of green cloth, and lose a few shillings or a few sovereigns without anygreat harm. There are a few who go back and succumb to the fascination, and there are the confidential few who benefit; but, after all, you might go every day for a whole year and never see a vivid moment of passion on any of the hundreds of faces. At the same time to the initiated there is a great deal to see, and we find very much interest in this picture of a scene whose days arc numbered now. The number o...

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