The Dutch School 7

Sir John Gilbert worked in this method, which he had so exhaustively studied, and of which he thoroughly understood the possibilities. He so well explains the processes of the Dutchmen of the Terriers type that there is little need to add more than to observe that, in favouring a warm general tone, they were more concerned with their simple harmonies, than with a faithful transcript of the hues of nature. Nature is, after all, not the only standard by which a picture is to be judged. Although psychologically the painter may not stray far from her—and he must be assured of his power to reproduce her Celle qu'elle est before attempting any fantasies on the theme she suggests, technical or moral—allowances must be made for the temperament of the artist, even for his limitations ; and we must be equally tolerant of his mannerisms, which I suppose we should define as departures, as subtle variations, from what is actually seen, in favour of a purely personal expression.
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