Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A department of the art of painting governed by the laws of perspective, applied to the peculiar exigencies of the theatrical stage. This painting is done chiefly in distemper, and, while usually of summary execution, it admits of the most striking effects.
“The atmosphere and scene-painting are as good as Rebecca -- it's the same landscape (Cornwall) a century earlier.”
“But they also encouraged them to choose mates with sewing and scene-painting skills.”
“The dresses of the actresses, the furniture, the scene-painting, the instruction of raw Norwegian actors and actresses, the selection of plays, now to please himself, now to please the bourgeois of Bergen, all this must be done by the poet or not done at all.”
“Too often, these books forget to tell a story, opting instead for (sometimes quite vivid) portraiture or scene-painting, trusting that the rightness of the theme is enough to carry readers along.”
““But I thought men got lots of money by scene-painting?””
“Mr Lupex had been at that little shop in Drury Lane after he came down from his scene-painting.”
“I felt guilty at introducing the throbbing car, and its trim crew of khaki-clad northerners, into the remoteness of this most hidden legendary place: but my anticipation went astray, for it was the men who looked real and the background which became scene-painting.”
“Sophocles raised the number of actors to three, and added scene-painting.”
“Now the style of oratory addressed to public assemblies is really just like scene-painting.”
“The style of drawing is rather dexterous than masterly; rapidity of execution seems to be more prized than faithful, conscientious representation of the truth of nature; the drawing is generally careless, and effects are sometimes produced by tricks and expedients, which belong rather to scene-painting than to the higher branches of art.”
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