. . . As far as I know there isn't a single academy where one learns to draw and paint a digger, a sower, a woman putting the kettle over the fire or a seamstress. But in every city of some importance there is an academy with a choice of models for historical, Arabic, Louis XV, in short, all really nonexistent figures.
. . . I ask you, do you know a single digger, a single sower in the old Dutch school??? Did they ever try to paint a "labourer?" Did Velasquez try it in his water carrier or types from the people? No.
The figures in the pictures of the old masters do not work. I am drudging just now on the figure of a woman whom I saw digging for carrots in the snow last winter.