American Architect and Architecture Volume 88

American Architect and Architecture Volume 88

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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. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...the weird forms with which we adorned the margins of our school books. The lines are more pleasing and resolve themselves into agreeable forms such as we find in the latest fashion of ornamental design. Nevertheless convention has done loyal service, and by putting the best construction on the word we find that the ill-used term really stands in the relation to design that impressionism takes in painting. Where the latter deals with the mysteries of atmosphere, the former embodies the recollection of a given form which is influenced by the chisel or brush, by the more or less playful treatment of the material in which we work. It is wrong convention when we attempt to reproduce in a less congenial method. What can easily be rendered with one pat of the brush is infinite labor with the etching needle, and vice versa. The laws of design, however, are as unchangeable as those of the Medes and Persians. It is not until we have fixed our ideas, invented our scheme, that we can begin to adapt it to our materials of glass, pigment, or carving. This may sound heretical, but in truth it is the only way to arrive at success. The knowledge of the medium which you begin to bring upon the design when once conceived is a thing by itself, and no unimportant factor. Half the ingenious designs which are drawn every year are lost to the world for want of actual knowledge of the methods theyare presumably designed for. Your message may be an important one, but surely if you wish it to be told you must learn the language. There is a false confidence, a belief that the workman will put it right, which often ends in disaster. Again, in the desire for originality of eccentric form, the idea is overlooked in the effort to astonish. If an artist has the sense of...
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  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 472g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236791568
  • 9781236791566