He then took his leave, with an uplifted finger and a sneer upon his face that haunted the artist's dreams for many a night afterwards.
Sweet, doubtless, were these days, and congenial to the artist's soul.
In France, in fact, they limit the journalist, and allow the artist
almost perfect freedom.
The old tragic Necessity, which lowers on the brows even of the Venuses and the Cupids of the antique, and furnishes the sole apology for the intrusion of such anomalous figures into nature,--namely, that they were inevitable; that the artist
was drunk with a passion for form which he could not resist, and which vented itself in these fine extravagances,--no longer dignifies the chisel or the pencil.
This gallery, so to speak, was profusely lighted from above, through enormous panes of glass furnished with those green linen shades by means of which all artists
arrange the light.
My conclusion, from what I saw and heard, was, that, the artist
, by some unaccountable freak of fate, or perhaps in some fit of enthusiastic and fanciful passion, had been induced to unite himself with a person altogether beneath him, and that the natural result, entire and speedy disgust, had ensued.
in what he had, and in what he lacked,--the artist
might fitly enough stand forth as the representative of many compeers in his native land.
The history of painting was full of artists
who had earned nothing at all.
For, in the execution of his work, and in giving his orders to another, the true artist
does not regard his own interest, but always that of his subjects; and therefore in order that rulers may be willing to rule, they must be paid in one of three modes of payment: money, or honour, or a penalty for refusing.
 "A Modern Artist
: Notes on the Work of Charles Strickland," by Edward Leggatt, A.R.H.A.
His didactic stories, like all stories of the sort, dwindle into allegories; perhaps they do their work the better for this, with the simple intelligences they address; but I think that where Tolstoy becomes impatient of his office of artist
, and prefers to be directly a teacher, he robs himself of more than half his strength with those he can move only through the realization of themselves in others.
'There was a man, there was a woman,' he seemed to say, and he stood up to the task of comprehension with the delight of an artist
in his art.