Art in the Theatre.
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A very large percentage of the audiences thinks that scenery is painted in oil-colours, and the author has been surprised to hear even many actors and actresses express the same belief. Scene-painting is not necessarily a coarse art because one cannot rend a square yard of a scene seventy feet by forty at the distance of a few feet. The distance at which to judge a picture is the spot sufficiently far from it that the eye may take in the entire subject. Our knowledge, archaeological, artistic, and mechanical, has to cover so large an area, that the shallowness of it is sometimes really quite excusable. Stage-painting is in no way a false art because it is shown by artificial light; the picture painted for the gallery suffers more from gas-light than our work does from daylight. The more pronounced effects of nature are those most suited to the stage; sunrise, noon, sunset, and moonlight tell best.