The Art-idea: Sculpture, Painting, and Architecture in America

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Hurd and Houghton, 1865 - 381 strán (strany)

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Strana 291 - But perhaps he overstrains criticism in stating that "the perfection of art in an American's eyes would be the invention of a self-acting machine which should produce plans of cities, and designs for Gothic churches and classic monumental buildings, at so much per foot super, and so save all further thought or trouble." * Resentment at this caricature is checked when we remember that our countrymen have actually patented machines for producing sculpture, whether from life or copy; and that almost...
Strana 312 - The two great rules for design are these : 1st, that there should be no features about a building which are not necessary for convenience, construction, or propriety ; 2nd, that all ornament should consist of enrichment of the essential construction of the building.
Strana 239 - ... sameness of ideas, often destroying good work by bad, lawless in manner, using pigments sometimes as though they were mortar and he a plasterer, still there is ever perceptible in his works imagination, feeling, and technical instinct of a high order The French school has tempered his style, but he is by no means a mechanical follower of it. He can be as sensitive as he is powerful in his rendering of nature's phenomena. .... Inness gives with equal felicity the drowsy heat, hot shimmer, and...
Strana 343 - To stimulate this feeling, it is requisite that our public should have free access to museums, or galleries, in which shall be exhibited, in chronological series, specimens of the art of all nations and schools, arranged according to their motives and the special influences that attended their development. After this manner a mental and artistic history of the world may be spread out like a chart before the student, while the artist, with equal facility, can trace up to their origin the varied methods,...
Strana 236 - His speciality is meadows and coastviews, in wearisome horizontal lines and perspective, with a profuse supply of hay-ricks to vary the monotony of flatness, but flooded with rich sun-glow and sense of summer warmth.
Strana 276 - Harriet Hosmer is an example of a self-made sculptor by force of indomitable industry and will. She, alone of the women of America who have essayed sculpture, has achieved a reputation. ' Puck ' displays nice humor and is a spirited conception, but ' Zenobia ' is open to the charge of mere materialistic treatment. The accessories of queenly costume overpower the real woman. Indeed, Miss Hosmer's strength and taste lie chiefly in that direction. She has no creative power, but has acquired no small...
Strana 284 - A naked slave has burst his shackles, and, with uplifted face, thanks God for freedom. It symbolizes the African race of America, — the birthday of a new people into the ranks of Christian civilization. We have seen nothing in our sculpture more soul-lifting, or more comprehensively eloquent.
Strana 287 - Our synopsis of the art-idea would be incomplete without referring to the condition of architecture in America. Strictly speaking, we have no architecture. If, as has happened to the Egyptians, Ninevites, Etruscans, Pelasgians, Aztecs, and Central American races, our buildings alone should be left, by some cataclysm of nations, to tell of our existence, what would they directly express of us? Absolutely nothing! Each civilized race, ancient or modern, has incarnated its own aesthetic life and character...
Strana 183 - ... and that it was wholly an instrument of pride, superstition, and oppression on the part of the rulers, lay and clerical. At the same time, he asserts his predilection for the Germanic schools, because their pictures teem " with natural objects, with birds and cattle, with husbandry, with domestic scenes and interiors." We make no issue with those whose tastes prefer a boor's pipe or gin-flagon to a martyr's palm or saint's nimbus, a Flemish villager's carousal to an Italian tournament, a kitchen...
Strana 284 - it is the hint of a great work, which, put into heroic size, should become the companion of the Washington of our nation's Capitol, to commemorate the crowning virtue of democratic institutions in the final liberty of the slave.

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