Hogarth's Aesthetics

Time Smoking a Picture
Title Time Smoking a Picture
Artist William Hogarth
Date 1761 (reprinted c.1822)
Medium Etching, engraving, and mezzo tint
Location The Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University

Like the dead trunks of foreign art production in Hogarth's Tailpiece, here, Old Master art is so dark it is hardly visible. Hogarth identified the demand for Old Master paintings, which he called "dark paintings," with a contemporary aesthetic decline.


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