The Higher Life in Art, with a Chapter on Hobgoblins by the Great Masters

The Higher Life in Art, with a Chapter on Hobgoblins by the Great Masters

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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. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...crimson drops I' the bottom of a cowslip. If Mr. Ruskin had seen less, and knew less, and were less strong, I should not have said what I have said. There is no difficulty in finding foolish things written by Art critics so long as men write reviews for the public journals of pictures they have never seen, and of concerts they have never heard, and of books they have never read, relying for their information on an early catalogue, a stray programme, or a table of contents. These things are done every day, and they fill the papers with Hobgoblins. But they are not Hobgoblins by the Great Masters, and so they do not come within my subject. Stains they are on the fair fame of the journals in which they appear--that is about all that need be said of them. To search for them would be like looking into a dark hole, on a dark night, after a black cat. The game would not be worth the candle. A black spot, to be interesting, must be seen upon the sun. And these Hobgoblins by the Great Masters are as spots upon the sun; and I claim the right to study them without laying myself open to the charge of creating them, or of lessening the glory of the light that shines upon us. The true purpose of Art criticism is not to make us think with A or with B; it is to make us think; not to colour the light by which we see, but to bring us more light. And this Mr. Ruskin has done and is still doing. He brings light with him; he makes us think; and whether we think with him or not, the thoughts with which he fills our minds are noble, and pure, and good. Come with me, he says, and let us fight this Dragon, or worship this God. We go with him; we are strengthened; we are gladdened with his company;--what does it matter if occasionally we find that more

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  • English
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  • 9781236670458