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The Stage Year Book free pdf Excerpt from The Stage Year Book Between the sister arts of painting and acting there has always been warm affection, and the reverence paid to the memory of great actors and actresses of the past owes not a little to the rendering which masters of the brush have given of them in their favourite parts. To the stage of to-day our painters are rendering similar service, as will soon be evident to anyone who takes the trouble to turn over the pages of the Royal Academy and other exhibition catalogues in recent years. On the Stage and in the Studio. The representation of an actor as he appears on the stage in view of his audience is no easy task even for the most skilful painter. The conditions as to light on the stage, for example, are so different from those of the studio. If the picture is painted entirely in the studio the actor finds it difficult to assume and the artist to portray the pose and action of the stage, with all the spontaneity and fire of his acting. The Hon. John Collier, who has painted some of the most successful portraits of actors in character at the present day, combines the realism of the stage with the convenience of the studio in the production of such portraits as those of Mr. Beerbohm Tree. Mrs. Kendal, and Miss Ellen Terry in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Mr. Lewis Waller in Monsieur Beaucair, and Miss Julia Neilson in The Dancing Girl. From the wings he would make studies of actor and actress in their respective parts, finally choosing (in consultation with his subject) the particular moment of the play at which they were to be depicted, and then have a series of sittings in his own studio for the completion of the work, the actor or actress of course having the same costume and make-up in the studio as on the stage. Much the same method is adopted by Mr. Charles Buchel. whose reputation as an artist largely rests upon a theatrical portraiture which has proved very effective for advertising purposes upon the hoardings. Mr. Buchel's first effort in this direction was a portrait of Mr. Tree in the character of D'Artagnan (The Three Musketeers), a small work which may be seen in the corridor on the first floor of His Majesty's. Then came the portrait of Mr. Tree as King John, by which Air. Buchel is represented in the portrait gallery in these pages. Preparatory to this work Mr. Buchel made a series of studies of the actor in this play from the O.P. side. The study at first favoured was of King John on horseback, and this was actually used as the basis of a poster which interested Londoners during the greater part of the run of the play, but was finally discarded as the subject of a picture because of the great size of the canvas which it would have entailed. The portrait, as painted, represents the remorse of the King when he discovers the death of Prince Arthur. ... I had a mighty causeTo wish him dead, hut thou hadst none to kill him, he is exclaiming to Hubert (Act IV., scene 2). To enable the painter to do his part Mr. Tree, at the five or six sittings given to Mr. Buchel at his Hampstead studio, was content not merely to dress and make-up for the part: he went through the whole scene as he would have done at the theatre. Mr. Buchel. it may be added, has since painted Mr. Tree as Hamlet, and he has recently been engaged in paintings on tapestry for the dome of His Majesty's Theatre a series of scenes representative, on the one side, of the tragedies of Shakespeare, and on the other side of the comedies. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com

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Author : Unknown Author
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1331071690
EAN : 9781331071693
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 462 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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