Essays on Art

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C. Scribner's Sons, 1920 - 143 strani
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These essays are reprinted for the most part from the Times Literary Supplement. They treat a well worn subject with brevity, originality and conciseness. These articles address the professional side of art and its social and democratic aspects.

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Stran 128 - SONG. WHEN the voices of children are heard on the green And laughing is heard on the hill, My heart is at rest within my breast, And everything else is still. Then come home, my children, the sun is gone ' down, And the dews of night arise ; Come, come, leave off play, and let us away Till the morning appears in the skies.
Stran 62 - Art is a human activity, consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings he has lived through, and that other people are infected by these feelings, and also experience them.
Stran 126 - The town has found out different ways To praise its different Lears; To Barry it gives loud huzzas, To Garrick only tears. " A king ? Aye, every inch a king, Such Barry doth appear; But Garrick's quite another thing — He's every inch King Lear.
Stran 123 - The virgins also shall, on feastful days, Visit his tomb with flowers, only bewailing His lot unfortunate in nuptial choice, From whence captivity and loss of eyes.
Stran 59 - ... goblets, fashioned cunningly, taking no note the while of the craftsman's pride, and understanding not his glory in his work; drinking at the cup, not from choice, not from a consciousness that it was beautiful, but because, forsooth, there was none other ! And...
Stran 58 - In the beginning, man went forth each day - some to do battle - some to the chase - others again to dig and to delve in the field - all that they might gain, and live - or lose and die - until there was found among them, one, differing from the rest - whose pursuits attracted him not - and so he staid by the tents, with the women, and traced strange devices, with a burnt stick, upon a gourd.
Stran 63 - ... rich people, but on the whole people ; so that for a work to be esteemed good, and to be approved of and diffused, it will have to satisfy the demands, not of a few people living in identical and often unnatural conditions, but it will have to satisfy the demands of all those great masses of people who are situated in the natural conditions of laborious life.
Stran 58 - In the beginning, man went forth each day — some to do battle, some to the chase; others again to dig and to delve in the field — all that they might gain and live, or lose and die. Until there was found among them one, differing from the rest, whose pursuits attracted him not, and so he stayed by the tents with the women, and traced strange devices with a burnt stick upon a gourd. This man, who took no joy in the ways of his brethren — who cared not for conquest, and fretted in the field —...
Stran 59 - And the artist's occupation was gone, and the manufacturer and the huckster took his place. And now the heroes filled from the jugs and drank from the bowls - with understanding - noting the glare of their new bravery, and taking pride in its worth. And the people - this time - had much to say in the matter and all were satisfied. And Birmingham and Manchester arose in their might - and Art was relegated to the curiosity shop.
Stran 64 - The assertion that art may be good art, and at the same time incomprehensible to a great number of people, is extremely unjust, and its consequences are ruinous to art itself...

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