This new 6x9 inch paperback edition includes a biography of William
Morris Hunt and 18 b/w illustrations of his art not found in
earlier editions. "Talks About Art" presents a compilation of
quotes from William Morris Hunt's inspirational advice to his art
students, emphasizing a painterly technique with visible brushwork,
using values for the modelling of form, and the importance of the
rough sketch and working from memory. Very well received when first
published in 1878, the format of using snippets of inspirational
advice used in "Talks About Art" was later employed with great
success in Robert Henri's book "The Art Spirit," and Charles
Hawthorne's book "Hawthorne on Painting." Out of print for several
decades, "Talks About Art" deserves to be returned to its rightful
place on every aspiring artist's book shelf next to these later
books which emulated it. This new Peruse Press edition also
includes a biography of William Morris Hunt written by Edward Waldo
Emerson, the son of the eminent American philosopher, Ralph Waldo
Emerson (both Emersons were close friends with Hunt). Hunt attended
the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and studied painting for five
years under Thomas Couture, and also painted with Jean-Francois
Millet and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, from whom he learned the
principles of the Barbizon tonalist style of painting. Upon
returning to the US, Hunt established art schools at Newport, Rhode
Island, Brattleboro, Vermont, and at Boston, and gained a very
popular reputation as a portrait painter. As the leading painter
and art teacher in Boston in the mid-19th century, Hunt was highly
instrumental in influencing American artists to work in a more
poetic approach to painting, toward tonalism and impressionism, and
away from the descriptive form of realism practiced by the then
prevalent Hudson River School artists. Hunt is credited for
influencing the styles of Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, John La
Farge, and John Joseph Enneking, among others. Hunt was also
instrumental in introducing the work of the French Barbizon and
early Impressionist painters to American collectors. Sadly, many of
Hunt's paintings and sketches, together with five large Millets and
other art treasures collected by him in Europe, were destroyed,
along with his studio, in the Great Boston Fire of 1872.
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