The Ideals and Tendencies of Modern Art

Paperback | February 2, 2012

byEdward Clarence Farnsworth

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917. Excerpt: ... GENERAL INTRODUCTION TANDING on the beach and facing the broad O ocean, one sees the flood tide sweeping toward him in majestic waves each at farthest somewhat nearer than its predecessor. Its supreme effort exhausted, every wave recedes leaving only a wide expanse of empty sand which, to the hasty observer, might indicate the failure of the waters in their mighty task. That human progress is tidal, that it manifests in waves analogous to those of the ocean which, seemingly free, are yet subject to law, is apparent to the historian; but why so he cannot tell. Nor can he imagine what mysterious, moon-like influence lifts the tidal wave of human endeavor and impels it to swell and recede and swell again on every nearest and farthest shore of the world we inhabit. To live in the age of Grecian Pericles, or that of the Italian Renaissance, or of the English Elizabethans, was to behold a far-reaching wave of intellectual achievment supreme in its kind. To live in America to-day and note the marvels of mechanical ingenuity constantly appearing, is to experience a great and maybe superlative wave of another kind. Whether or not there now is in sweep, or else in formation amidst the sea of human progress, a wave in some ways similar to those historic ones just mentioned, it is our purpose to inquire. That the surface urge behind the outer and gross expression of material progress is allied with the deeper ones behind spiritual and artistic advancement is not likely. Such domineering and self-sufficient Materialism would gradually crowd from the world the spiritual and the purely artistic. Its imperious crest would quell and humble every other. Fortunately, Materialism as a whole has its wave limit and its receding, after which a forward movement of another kind i...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917. Excerpt: ... GENERAL INTRODUCTION TANDING on the beach and facing the broad O ocean, one sees the flood tide sweeping toward him in majesti...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:26 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217351034

ISBN - 13:9780217351034

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