Tuesday, October 6, 2009

VENICE
Sanford R. Gifford
1864
"In his 1879 article on Gifford, S.G.W. Benjamin reiterated that his
art did not suffer from the shortcomings that contributed to the demise
of the Hudson River School:
If there has been a fault in this school of American landscape art,
it has been, perhaps, in endeavoring to get too much in a picture,
in trying to be too literal; so that the great attention given to the
details has excited wonder rather than stimulated the imagination,
and has marred the impression of general effect which should be the
chief idea in a work of art. For the materials an artist has at his
command are, at best, so weak compared with nature, which is ever
toned and harmonized by the atmosphere, that is is very easy to lose
sight of the leading idea of painting."

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