Art and Progress Volume 2

Art and Progress Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...has given a semi-official character to their two exhibitions: the Independants in the spring, and the Autumn Salon. To explain these two causes and the genesis of the trouble, we must go back to immediately after the Universal Exposition of 1889. The Society of French Artists--which, some years previously, had quarreled with the Government about the management of the Salon and had been given control of all exhibitions--got into internal difficulties; in a dispute among the members over the value of the awards, which the Government settled in its own way when the row was well started, the Society split in two, a group seceding and forming a second Salon, under the title of the National Society of Fine Arts, or New Salon, as opposed to the Society of French Artists, or Old Salon. The outsider, of course, never fully understood the trouble, or the cause of it, and it resulted in the first real confusion. The new society was made up largely of the younger men, who at that time had not attained a recognized official position; they called themselves the progressive group and, to show their progressiveness, introduced several innovations into their exhibitions: one was to invite some of the more prominent of the Intransigeants to join them. Most of these men remembered how they had been treated by the official painters in the old salon, and, finding some of these same men managing the new salon (Meissonier was the President), refused to have anything to do with it--a few joined. Another novelty was to give its members the right to exhibit eight--now six--masterpieces in a group each year in its exhibitions. (The old salon had always limited the exhibitor to two.) This, of course, put a premium on hasty work, and the happy study, or sketch, became a...show more

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  • Paperback | 158 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 295g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236649583
  • 9781236649584