Sir Joshua Reynolds' Painting Wisdom

Sir Joshua Reynolds, Self Portrait, oil on canvas, circa 1747-1749 (National Por
Sir Joshua Reynolds, Self Portrait, oil on canvas, circa 1747-1749 (National Portrait Gallery, London)

Frank Hobbs finds contemporary relevance in the 18th century Discourses of painter Sir Joshua Reynolds.

Hobbs writes that Reynolds' discourses "are rich indeed, and still speak to the concerns of students of painting today, if you have the patience to parse the meat from the embroidery of 18th century rhetoric... My favorite of the Discourses is number XI, in which Reynolds addresses himself to the problem of 'finish' and the relationship of parts to the whole."