1818-1842

1818-1842

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...their sole object of study was shared by the plastic arts, which now set up and slavishly obeyed a strict formula, as follows: That which is old is always beautiful; that which is modern is ugly: the artist must seek to represent beauty alone, and so must turn his eyes away from the present world, which is not a worthy subject for high art-High, as applied to art, was a term that had only lately been brought into use, and indicated the new and mistaken position that art had assumed-Up to the close of the eighteenth century art had been devoted to the service of the aristocracy, and besides filling their churches and castles with painting and sculpture, had ornamented their furniture and utensils-The highly-cultivated taste of a class that had for generations been accustomed to ease and luxury set as high a value on Caffieri's or Gouthiere's bronzes, on Martin's lacquer-work, and the furniture of Boulle, Riesener, and others, as on Watteau's or Boucher's pictures, and Coyzevox's or Clodion's sculptures-The artist, without prejudice to the value of his work, had been also a craftsman-But now all this was changed-We related in the first volume how art and artists were looked upon with contempt by the lower classes on account of their exclusively aristocratic work, and that they had to thank David for being tolerated at all-But it was owing to this very David undertaking that in future it should devote itself to the heroic and virtuous subjects which pleased the popular taste, that art started on a wrong track, and prepared a task for itself which had nothing or little to do with its real work-The bourgeois, however, kept the artist to the lines imposed; he cared not for art as artAccording to...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236986490
  • 9781236986498