Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pyle on Barye

“Greyhound and Hare” by Antoine-Louis Barye
During his August 29, 1904, composition lecture, Howard Pyle said:
Barye is one of the very few who have rightly expressed the animal nature.

I recall a thing by him of greyhounds killing hares. One of the hounds had a hare in its strong jaws and was crunching it in a cold-blooded way - absolutely without any feeling or passion.

A wild beast devouring another takes its food in a way natural to it, as a tree absorbs moisture, rather than as a creature bent on revenge.

When you throw your own self into the animal you make him human. You should consider him a being different from yourself.

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