The Atlantic Volume 24

The Atlantic Volume 24

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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. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...rules of realistic art. I-Iis success depends on his being free of them at will. The grotesque, terrible, and supernatural, or the sublime, have a law unto themselves. An artist who can do what Dore does in this line attains his aims by means at the command only of genius. His deficiencies are those also of genius, and go to prove his intrinsic greatness. Dore's art is great. Is it good? It need not be-Christian in a nice sense to be this, but it should be natural, truthful, humane. It should also possess the instinct of the beautiful. His art has scarcely a trace of these qualities. Much of it is heartless, sensual, and perverse. It refuses to elevate, instruct, or even amuse, except the mind like the art be given to obscene, cruel, or mocking levity; preferring to excite emotions which have in them little that is pleasurable or refining. The general tendency is to deepen and strengthen those proclivities of French art which most need pruning and reforming. A POETICAL LOT. COLLECTION ofCaliforniaverse, a scriptural tragedy, a melodrama inspired by the abolition of slavery, two tales in rhyme, a book of comical ballads, two volumes of miscellaneous ditties, ---here are variety and abundance enough to have made the mouth water in the inhuman critic of other days, who would have leaped upon the succulent heap before us coma asino an cmteno 2/erde. But, as we have often taught, both by precept and example, this sort of critic no longer exists; or, if he still survives, he is not permitted to exhibit his hideous butch-cries in these pages. Ifa gentler spirit does not reign, at least there is a more refined taste, and nothing is allowed to appear that would shock the nerves of the most delicate female. It is understood, of course, more

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  • Paperback | 486 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 862g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236846397
  • 9781236846396