[Grammar] Throw upon

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He catches the secrect sentiments and passions and throws them upon the canvas.

What does the bold part mean? Is it something like “reftect them upon”?

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I am guessing that the person is a painter. In that case, he conveys sentiments and passions with his art.
 

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He catches the secret sentiments and passions and throws them upon the canvas.

What does the bold part mean? Is it something like “reflect upon them”?
Who wrote that, oksuz, and about whom?
 

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It could suggest an artist like Jackson Pollock, who worked at speed and, literally, threw paint at the canvas to make an emotionally evocative image rather than a deliberate and careful reproduction.
 
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Is "invocative" a synonym for "evocative" here?
 

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I'd still like the OP to tell us who wrote that, and about whom.
 

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Two people are talking each other and one of them is explaining a man's features to the other. The man is a painter. Full phrase goes like this.

" They say that he paints not merely a man's features, but his mind and his heart. He catches the secret sentiments and passions, and throws them upon the canvas, like sunshine-or perhaps, in the portraits of dark-souled men, like a gleam of infernal fire."
 

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Two people are talking each other and one of them is explaining a man's features to the other. The man is a painter. The full phrase:

" They say that he paints not merely a man's features, but his mind and his heart. He catches the secret sentiments and passions, and throws them upon the canvas, like sunshine-or perhaps, in the portraits of dark-souled men, like a gleam of infernal fire."

That's a terrific quote!

Is it unknown who said it and about whom it was said?

Are you sure it isn't "their secret sentiments and passions"?
 

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I would love to know who he is.
 

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This phrase was taken from a story called "The Prophetic Pictures". I think the characters are fictional. However, I still do not have a clear understanding about "throw upon". Any suggestion?
 

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I can't explain it any more clearly than Tdol did in post #4.
 

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I don't think the expression is meant literally. The "secret sentiments and passions" are thrown on the canvas, not, I think, paint. And when you look at one of his paintings you can see into a man's soul. Or so you're supposed to think.
 
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