...As he said once, "the entire truth of Nature cannot be copied" so "the artist must select between the major and minor facts of the outer world; that, before he executes, he must pronounce whether he will embody the essential effect, that which steals on the soul and possesses it without painful analysis, or the separate details which belong to the geometrician and destroy the effect."...
SOURCE:
Ludlow, F. "Harriet Hosmer's Zenobia" The Atlantic Monthly Feb. 1865, p. 249, col. 1
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