House Beautiful Volume 2

House Beautiful Volume 2

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...scene painter ever devised. Very little argument is needed to prove that this is absolutely and sinfully wrong. The drama is intended to give enjoyment of some kind or other, even in its most poignant moments. Yet only by sitting with our backs to the stage could we possibly enjoy a play like this latest effort of Mr. Thomas. Realism in art does not concern itself with utter degradation, although M. Zola has tried to make us think so on various occasions. Where unbroken ugliness begins, art stops. N o one would think it worth while to write a play in which immorality and brutality were unrelieved by any spark of kindness or beauty. Such a play might be true to life, but it could never be true to art. In fact, even in dealing with human nature very little that is simply ugly is admissible in the drama. What is called immorality is undoubtedly the basis of many of our best modern plays. But the kind of immorality which consists simply in breaking certain conventional rules of conduct does not interfere with true beauty of character, any more than the contravening of the older laws of harmony can be said to rob Wagner's music of its artistic effect. If utter degradation, then, is beyond the domain of art, whether idealistic or realistic, why should we admit such degradation in our stage decoration? For it is a sad but certain truth that from an artistic point of view the interiors of most houses in our small western towns reach the lowest depth of degradation. Indiana towns are very like towns west of the Mississippi, if we are to believe Mr. Thomas, and we must expect to find in them the same disregard for color, the same ignorance of the beautiful side of life, which is so mournfully characteristic of a prairie existence. But then more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236982630
  • 9781236982636