A landscape painting in which composition is ignored is like a line taken from a poem at random: it lacks context, and may or may not make sense.
There must be a judicious arrangement of all the parts. Considered conversely, the artist's task is to fill his panel with a design that conforms to its shape and is beautiful in itself.
In large studio paintings... composition, or arrangement, may be better studied, and nearer perfection, washes may be more suavely graded.
The artist reserves the right to remove a blot on the landscape, to change positions of things, to suit his composition, providing only that he does not transgress the laws of probability.
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