encouraged and praised the gallery, Roosevelt appreciates the art for what it is but thinks very poorly of it in terms of quality. “The exhibitors are quite right as to the need of showing to our people in this manner the art forces which of late have been at work in Europe, forces which cannot be ignored. This does no mean I the least accept the view that these men take of the European extremist whose pictures are exhibited.”Roosevelt criticized the Cubist, Futurist and Near-Impressionist movements, one by one. He broke down each movement for different reasons all aiming back towards the main point that; those art forms are unrealistic, unusual and are worse than traditional American realist art as a result. Roosevelt believed very little work of the extremist among the European “moderns” seems to be good in and for itself (Roosevelt, p187). His distaste for this art also crosses over for his questioning of the thoughts and theories behind each movement. He agreed with some aspects of the revolutionary artists behind the pieces, but claims that they are extremist and think their idols of change, destruction and reconstruction are unrealistic and are in need of adjustment. He was baffled as to why people would enjoy and purchase those paintings that look nothing like the images that they attempt to depict. His taste seems to still be towards realist art forms. To see these paintings and sculptures with distorted characters and landscapes, it seems chaotic and disgusting. He hopes or hints that fresh new eyes of the laypeople that come to observe these imported artwork will or should realize the absurdity of the displays.
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