The Old Masters of Belgium and Holland (1882) Eugène Fromentin

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The Old Masters of Belgium and Holland (1882) by Eugène Fromentin
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: II. THE MASTERS OF RUBENS. It is known that Rubens had threeMorePurchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free.

This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: II. THE MASTERS OF RUBENS. It is known that Rubens had three teachers, — that he began his studies with a well-known landscape-painter, Tobias Verhaegt- that he continued them with Adam Van Noort, and ended them with Otho Voenius. Of these three professors, there are but two with whom history concerns itself, and it still accords to Voenius almost all the honor of this great education, one of the finest from which a master has ever gained fame, because in fact Voenius directed his pupil until he attained his majority, and was not separated from him till the age when Rubens was already a man, and, at least in talent, already a great man.

As to Van Noort, we learn that he was a painter of real but fantastic originality, who was very harsh with his pupils. In his studio Rubens spent four years- but he disliked him, and found in Voenius a master of more compatible temper. Thi4 is about all that is said of this intermediary director, who held this child in his hands precisely at the age when youth is most susceptible to impressions - but according to my idea this hardly accounts for the influence he must have had upon this young mind.

If from Verhaegt Rubens learned the elements, if Voenius instructed him in the humanities, Van Noort did something more - he showed him in his own person a character wholly individual, an unconquerable organization, in short, the sole contemporary painter who remained a Fleming when every one in Flanders had ceased to be one. Nothing is so singular as the contrast afforded by these two men, so different in character and consequently so opposite in their influence, and nothing is more curious than the destiny which led them in succession to concur in that delicate task, the education of a child of genius.

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