‘The first way is long and difficult and liable to many accidents. It often happens that a single blow of the chisel or hammer, awkwardly given, is enough to spoil the whole work.’
This difficulty comes from three causes. First, from the material itself, inert, shapeless, hard, brittle, unyielding, and offering resistance to blows. Then from the workman, whose talent is more or less developed, whose knowledge of his art or whose inspiration of genius is more or less brilliant. Lastly from the sublime Ideal which we glimpse and feel powerless to reach.
(To be continued.)