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The Gate of Appreciation

Studies in the Relation of Art to Life

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Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 53,352 / 157 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61
LoC Category: N
Downloads: 671
Added to site: 2008.11.08 22580
Genre: Criticism

The impulse to expression -- The attitude of response -- Technique and the layman -- The value of the medium -- The background of art -- The service of criticism -- Beauty and common life -- The arts of form -- Representation -- The personal estimate.

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est book is the one he is just setting himself to write. The desire for change for the sake of change which we all feel at times, a vague restlessness of mind and body, is only the impulse to growth which has not found its direction. Outside of us we love to see the manifestation of growth. We tend and cherish the little plant in the window; we watch with delight the unfolding of each new leaf and the upward reach into blossom. The spring, bursting triumphant from the silent, winter-stricken earth, is nature's parable of expression, her symbol perennially renewed of the joy of growth.

The impulse to expression is cosmic and eternal. But even in the homeliness and familiarity of our life from day to day the need of expression is there, whether we are entirely aware of it or not; and we are seeking the realization and fulfillment of ourselves through the utterance of what we are. A few find their expression in forms which with distinct limitation of the term we call works of art. Most men find it in thei



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