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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...achievement, it is easy to
see that it is the form and action that interest the artist--the
expression of the body, not that of the face. This may be seen by
examining his statuettes of male and female figures. They are
intensely sculptural in a quattro centist feeling an 1, unlike what
is not infrequently the characteristic of the smaller works of
smaller men, they never suggest the " ornamental bronze." The
daring pose of "Orpheus" expresses the feelings of the music-making
beast-charmer better than any face could do. Adapted from the
artist's picture with the same motif, this tripping, careless youth
steps it amid the beasts he leads with his song, not unconsciously
but deliberately. Audacious as it is in arrangement, it is a very
perfect piece of modelling of its kind. Similarly, in the beautiful
"Fata Morgana," modelled and cast in silver for Mr. Stuart M.
Samuel, M.P., the unusually fine type of the girl who sat for it
and the effect of her pose have interested the artist vastly more
than the face and head. In such a case, it would appear, the
sculptor comes forward and the painter recedes. The characteristic
of Mr. Swan's work, then, is the fact that he does not force his
anatomical knowledge upon the spectator. Indeed, he partially
conceals it and, as has been suggested already, he passes from the
movement of the animal to the movement of its surface. If this be
true, he is herein a disciple of Ruskin, who protested against the
over-elaborate study and display of anatomy, which is apt soon to
degenerate into posturemaking, and the result of it gives us
science rather than art. The artist who knows something of science
must forget it when he begins his work, or, like the dead objects
of his study, his...
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Marion Harry Spielmann
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||Paperback - Trade
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