Companion volume to above in a 19th century art critic's appraisal of the masters of Dutch and Flemish painting from Van Eyck to Rembrandt. Fromentin was a painter as well as a writer. Attracted by the realistic approach of Dutch masters, he became an authority on the close identification of the artists with the people, the country, the climate of the Low Countries. The emphasis is on romantic appreciation; there are surprising omissions (for instance, Vermeer). The editor has included in his choice of 100 illustrations those paintings on which the critic dwells, and in addition, other examples of Dutch and Flemish art which provide a survey of their history.