Linnell On Art
"… I was incapable of forsaking my first love of poetical Landscapes which I lived to paint- the portraits I painted to live, yet I endeavoured to make portrait painting subservient to my chief object – by painting flesh and human expression I learnt to paint individual nature with more force and fidelity…"
John Linnell’s Autobiographical notes, f.15-16
"I then saw that elaborate drawing which is only to be acquired by drawing the naked figure was essential in everything – in trees and rocks as much as the figure itself"
John Linnell’s Autobiographical notes, f.45-46
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