figure-painting love



from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Painting which is concerned especially with the dramatic or decorative use of the human figure.


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  • Belgian figure-painting gains by the lack of the element which a French critic notes when he says modern art has become _mondain -- surtout demi-mondain_.

    Lippincott's Magazine, December 1878

  • The figure-painting is wonderful in its vigor and _verve_.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 26, September, 1880

  • Then I am going to admit that Canada in my opinion in its artistic make-up has a serious weakness, and that is its lack of figure-painting.

    Two Views of Canadian Art

  • Later on, however, persuaded by Henry, devoted himself wholly to figure-painting.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • Of his more intimate pupils, Melozzo da Forli carried perspective to the highest perfection, while Luca Signorelli developed figure-painting to the greatest excellence attained before Michelangelo.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock

  • There are others who cannot bring themselves to care for the poetry which broods upon inanimate nature; their interest centres wholly on the problems of man; just as there are limited souls who find no delight in landscapes, and think figure-painting the only field of art.

    Platform Monologues

  • For example, in figure-painting composition does not much interfere with truthful drawing, as a figure can always be made to conform to desired shapes by simply altering its attitude and putting it at a greater or less distance from the spectator, but in landscape composition always involves the re-shaping of the objects themselves.

    Philip Gilbert Hamerton

  • I should trace something of its history, but should especially show how it differs from figure-painting in certain conditions.

    Philip Gilbert Hamerton

  • His brush-work was as odd as himself, but usually effective, and his accessories in figure-painting were little more than decorative after-thoughts.

    A Text-Book of the History of Painting

  • Bohemia a maritime province; or he may give Christian reasonings to ancient heathen; but these are _errata_, not falsehoods; and besides, these are mistakes of a colorist, or in background of figure-painting, and do not touch the real province of the dramatist, whose office is not to paint landscapes, but figures -- and figures not of physique, but of soul -- the delineation of character being the dramatist's business.

    A Hero and Some Other Folks


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