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French Art

Classic and Contemporary Painting and Sculpture

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Author: W. C. Brownell
Published: 1892
Language: English
Wordcount: 50,916 / 160 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 48.6
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 3,288
Added to site: 2005.12.07
mnybks.net#: 11618
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Criticism, Art
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certainly. It saved French painting an immense amount of fumbling, of laborious experimentation, of crudity, of failure. But it stamped it with an essential artificiality from which it did not fully recover for over two hundred years, until, insensibly, it had built up its own traditions and gradually brought about its own inherent development. In a word, French painting had an intellectual rather than an emotional origin. Its first practitioners were men of culture rather than of feeling; they were inspired by the artistic, the constructive, the fashioning, rather than the poetic, spirit. And so evident is this inclination in even contemporary French painting--and indeed in all French ęsthetic expression--that it cannot be ascribed wholly to the circumstances mentioned. The circumstances themselves need an explanation, and find it in the constitution itself of the French mind, which (owing, doubtless, to other circumstances, but that is extraneous) is fundamentally less imaginative and creative than co-ordi

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