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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Artist and Public, by Kenyon Cox This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at Title: Artist and Public And Other Essays On Art Subjects Author: Kenyon Cox Release Date: September 5, 2005 [EBook #16655] Language: English *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK ARTIST AND PUBLIC *** Produced by Ted Garvin, Melissa Er-Raqabi and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at .
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ARTIST AND PUBLIC
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AND OTHER ESSAYS ON ART SUBJECTS BY
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KENYON COX From a photograph by Braun, Clement & Co. Plate 1.—Millet. "The Goose Girl." In the collection of Mme. Saulnier, Bordeaux. From a photograph by Braun, Clement & Co. Plate 1.—Millet. "The Goose Girl." In the collection of Mme. Saulnier, Bordeaux.
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ARTIST AND PUBLIC
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AND OTHER ESSAYS ON ART SUBJECTS BY
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KENYON COX WITH THIRTY-TWO ILLUSTRATIONS CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS NEW YORK MCMXIV Copyright, 1914, by Charles Scribner's Sons Published September, 1914 TO J.D.C. IN GRATEFUL RECOGNITION OF UNFAILING KINDNESS THIS BOOK IS INSCRIBED
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PREFACE In "The Classic Point of View," published three years ago, I endeavored to give a clear and definitive statement of the principles on which all my criticism of art is based. The papers here gathered together, whether earlier or later than that volume, may be considered as the more detailed application of those principles to particular artists, to whole schools and epochs, even, in one case, to the entire history of the arts. The essay on Raphael, for instance, is little else than an illustration of the chapter on "Design"; that on Millet illustrates the three chapters on "The Subject in Art," on "Design," and on "Drawing"; while "Two Ways of Painting" contrasts, in specific instances, the classic with the modern point of view. But there is another thread connecting these essays, for all of them will be found to have some bearing, more or less direct, upon the subject of the title essay. "The Illusion of Progress" elaborates a point more slightly touched upon in "Artist and Public"; the careers of Raphael and Millet are capital instances of the happy productiveness of an artist in sympathy with his public or of the difficulties, nobly conquered in this case, of an artist without public appreciation; the greatest merit attributed to "The American School" is an abstention from the extravagances of those who would make incomprehensibility a test of greatness. Finally, the work of Saint-Gaudens is a noble example of art fulfilling its social function in expressing and in elevating the ideals of its time and country. This last essay stands, in some respects, upon a different footing from the others.
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