Art-Lovers guide to the Exposition

Art-Lovers guide to the Exposition
Explanations of the Architecture, Sculpture and Mural Paintings, With a Guide for Study in the Art Gallery

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Art-Lovers guide to the Exposition by Shelden Cheney

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Explanations of the Architecture, Sculpture and Mural Paintings, With a Guide for Study in the Art Gallery

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-pot." It is a distinct and original evolution, recalling the great arts of Europe, and yet eluding classification. The court shows that the designer was master of the styles of the past, but refused to be a slave to them; at the same time he had an original conception but did not let it run into the blatant and bizarre. It is from such fusions of individual genius with the traditions of the past that a distinctive American architecture is most likely to flower.

The tower is a magnificent bit of architectural design. It is massive and yet delicate. It dominates the court, and yet it fits perfectly into the cloister. The rich sculpture is so much a part of the decorative scheme that there is no impression of the structure having been "ornamented." One must search long in the histories of architecture to find a tower more satisfying.

The architect who designed the Court of Abundance is Louis Christian Mullgardt, one of the two most original geniuses among California's architects.

It is well to enjoy th

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