CHAPTER XXVIII
JAMES ABBOTT McNEILL WHISTLER 1834-1903 American
JOHN SINGER SABGENT 1856- American

THESE pictures, like their respective authors, present a strange contrast. The Sargent, so brilliantly assertive, is the work of a reticent personality; while the Whistler, so tenderly reticent, is the creation of an artist who was brilliant and assertive.

There is an antithesis in these two cases between the man and his work that is by no means uncommon in the history of art. Without attempting an explanation of this, we may note, as helping toward it, that an artist puts into his work what there is of best and strongest in himself; also that some artists, holding their art very sacred, erect around it a barricade, and adopt a personal manner that, as it were, shall throw the world off the scent; somewhat as the plover wheels around in the air with noisy cry, in order to distract attention from her nest, which is tucked away remote from disturbance in a different direction.

The work of both these men has an original force, that has influenced countless other painters, and yet its inspiration was borrowed. Both owe much to the lesson of Velasquez; Sargent also to that of Franz Hals and

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • List of Illustrations ix
  • Author's Note xiii
  • I - Introduction 3
  • II - Cimabue -- Giotto 8
  • III - Masaccio -- Mantegna 20
  • IV - Fra Angelico -- Jan Van Eyck 37
  • V - Botticelli -- Memling 52
  • VI - Perogino -- Bellini 68
  • VII - Raphael -- Wolgemuth 85
  • VIII - Da Vinci -- DÜrer 109
  • IX - Titian -- Holbein the Younger 125
  • X - Correggio -- Michelangelo 142
  • XI - Veronese -- Tintoretto 159
  • XII - Rubens -- Velasquez 177
  • XIII - Van Dyck -- Frans Hals 195
  • XIV - Rembrandt -- Murillo 209
  • XV - Jacob van Ruisdael -- Poussin 228
  • XVI - Hobbema -- Claude Lorrain 242
  • XVII - Watteau -- Hogarth 255
  • XVIII - Reynolds -- Gainsborough 272
  • XIX - Constable -- Turner 287
  • XX - David -- Delacroix 304
  • XXI - Rousseau -- Corot 322
  • XXII - Breton -- Millet 339
  • XXIII - Courbet -- Boecklin 353
  • XXIV - Rossetti -- Holman Hunt 371
  • XXV - Piloty -- Fortuny 391
  • XXVI - Manet -- Israels 404
  • XXVII - Puvis de Chavannes -- GÉrÔme 423
  • XXVIII - Whistler -- Sargent 441
  • XXIX - Monet -- Hashimoto Gaho 457
  • Concluding Note 479
  • Parrallel Chronology of Painters Included *
  • A Brief Bibliography of Books On Art Readily Procurable 481
  • Glossary of Terms 484
  • Index 493
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